1970 Marshall Plane Crash: We Remember

What are your memories of Nov. 14, 1970? Share them here.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"This film is a legacy, and a tribute to you all"

I am halfway across the world from Marshall University, however the film 'We are Marshall' has just screened on one of our TV networks.

I recorded it, and have watched it twice, crying buckets both times. How amazing to have a team, a town a tragedy remembered this way.

The actors did an amazing job, and by all accounts stayed true to the story. We cannot imagine losing so many loved ones in one horrific tragedy, and our hearts go out to you all, even so many years after this tragic events occurred. This film is a legacy, and a tribute to you all.

Our thoughts are with you.

Tracey Sherwin
New Plymouth
New Zealand

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"The lessons of healing through grief are vital to surviving a tragedy like this"

My dad, Brian O'Connor, died in the plane crash when I was 4.

We were in the fountain scene, along with many other family members, and were invited to the premier.

In the afternoon, before the evening gala "Green carpet" event, the movie was shown for just the family members and the '71 team. It ripped my guts out, but it was so good to remember, to know what happened, who the people were that surrounded the story that I lived.

There was a time of breathless silence when the movie ended with the fountain scene, then a standing ovation for McGee, the director.

It took me 4 years to take the shrink wrap off the DVD copy, but we watched it last Nov. 14 with my 14- and 11-year-old children. It is PG and is not overly graphic. It's emotional, but not sickening.

The lessons of healing through grief are vital to surviving a tragedy like this. Please watch it, and remember the lives of those it was created to honor.

-Ruth Ann O'Connor Lewis

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"My prayers still go out"

I'm 62 and was on my way to Viet Nam, when I heard the news.

Mary Poat, the Fight Attendant, was a cousin from my Father's family in Kentucky.

Of course, this terrible tragedy, is forever etched in my heart & my prayers still go out to those who lost their lives and all their families.

-Rand Noel