A Special Place

Of the many places we visited in Newfoundland on our recent trip,none was more special than this. The site where the Arrow crashed in the early morning of December 12th 1985 taking 256 young men and women to their deaths. The plane had just lifted off on the last leg of its journey from Gander Airport. It came down in a heavy wooded area just before the lake and only a short distance from the airport. The plane had been refueled in Gander and on impact burst into a holocaust of flames in which no one survived. I can almost imagine the excitement aboard the plane as they began the last leg of their journey. Young male and female soldiers looking forward to being home with friends and families for Christmas. Alas in the blink of an eye their dreams ended. I can’t describe my feelings while standing on the crash site, now a beautiful memorial. There is a strange silence over the area, a feeling of sadness and yet so peaceful. Indeed a lovely spot to remember and reflect. In my 73 years I have visited numerous cenotaphs and memorials but none ever moved me as this site did. To the memory of the men and women of the 101st Airborne Div and the Flight crew. Rest in Peace bravo young heroes

Cheers and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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