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31st Annual Gander Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony Set for December 12th

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The Military Affairs Committee of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor those list in the plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland.

The event will be held at 12 p.m., on Monday, December 12th at the Fort Campbell Memorial Park in Hopkinsville.

Just before dawn on the chilly December morning of December 12, 1985, a charter jet carrying 248 Fort Campbell soldiers took off from Gander International Airport in Gander, Newfoundland. Most of the soldiers were members of the 101st Airborne Division and headed home for Christmas. Returning from a six-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula, they carried toys and gifts for spouses and children who planned to meet them at the Campbell Army Airfield on post.

The plane crashed less than a mile from the runway where it had just stopped to refuel on its way from the Sinai Peninsula to Fort Campbell's airfield. Everyone on board, including eight crew members, died. Investigators later ruled that ice on the jet's wings caused it to go down.

"This is a story about our community, about family and loss. It's important to remember what happened in Gander, Newfoundland, and especially the soldiers who died and their families," stated Katie Lopez, Director of Military Affairs.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony takes place at 12 p.m. at the Fort Campbell Memorial Park in Hopkinsville. Parking for attendees will be available along 41-A and the Hopkinsville Police Department will be on site to assist with pedestrian safety.

If you have any further questions about the ceremony, please contact Katie Lopez at klopez@christiancountychamber.com or by calling (270) 885-9096.