Hundreds gather to honor 16 service members killed in MS plane crash

Hundreds gather to honor 16 service members killed in MS plane crash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Silent soybean fields shield the sorrow and suffering planted one year ago, when a military plane crashed, killing 15 marines and one sailor.

Over the last year, people in Leflore County have paid tribute to the 16 men in their own special way, but on Saturday, they gathered for the dedication of an official memorial.

Family and friends of the victims traveled from all across the country to attend the dedication, which took place in two parts at Mississippi Valley State University.

For many, it was their first time visiting the community where their loved ones perished.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recalled the brave actions of the first responders, the support offered by local communities, and told the grieving families their sons didn't die in vain.

"We must never forget what they gave here. We must never forget Yanky 72," Bryant said.

As the first part of the ceremony winded down the names of the 16 men who died were read aloud.

The audience then gathered across the street, where they heard from more speakers, including service members.

The ceremony ended with a military flyover and the unveiling of the official memorial. It includes the names of the men who died on the plane--the men who won't be forgotten.

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