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Talihina Plane Crash Remembrance Featured

Written by  Monday, 30 September 2019 21:43
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News Release by Vera Nelson, Talihina Chamber of Commerce



Many attended the Remembrance of the 13 Airforce Men who lost their lives in a B-29 plane crash near Talihina On September 26, 1949.


This event was held Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 in honor of the seventieth anniversary of this tragic incident. It began at 10a.m. with a parade followed by speakers and the unveiling of the memorial plaque.


The Talihina Veterans Center residents were Parade Marshalls leading the parade in their bus just behind the fire truck. Sherman Ward also had a trailer load of Veterans from the area in the parade. State Representative Jim Grego rode in the parade and also spoke at the plaque dedication. The Talihina School Band did an awesome job playing in the parade as well as at the remembrance.


Dorothy and Carol Fitzgerald Drove Dorothy’s new old car in the parade. Some of the Talihina Roundup Club Members rode their horses and each led a horse with a picture or pictures of the crash victims.


This was called presenting the empty saddles left by those who have gone on. Other vehicles were in the parade as well as Talihina Mayor, Renee Bailey, Elfie Bowling, and Sherri Boatright leading small horses and representing the Talihina Food Pantry. A delicious lunch was prepared and served by the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief. They were such a blessing to us. The food was furnished by donations from the Poteau Wall Mart Grant Foundation and donations from folks in the area and some of the family members of the crash victims.

Families of the crash victims were present for all the activities. The men lost their lives far from their families, and they are getting the recognition they deserve at last.

When you get a chance come by the visitors’ center and see the memorial plaque. It is very beautiful.


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David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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