Morgan Zoufal, is comforted as she reacts to seeing the name of her deceased fiancé, Marine Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman, on a marble monument, in honor of the 15-Corps and the Navy of the V. S. corpsman who died in 2017, in a plane crash in the vicinity of Itta Bena, Miss., Saturday, July 14, 2018.
The Mississippi river and the us Marine Corps officials dedicated a memorial Saturday to the 15 Corps and the Navy of the V. S. corpsman who died in a plane crash last year.
Hundreds of family members and friends of the 16 victims gathered for ceremonies at the Mississippi Valley State University and in the neighborhood of the memorial, the Greenwood Commonwealth reported.
“All we want to do is to talk about and to share who they were with the rest of the world,” said Anna Johnson, widow of Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, a member of the crew, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported.
The special forces Marines on board the KC-130 military transport aircraft from North Carolina to California for training when it crashed July 10, 2017.
The aircraft was flown by a New York-based Marine Reserve unit, and known under the name Yanky 72.
After the service, the crowd was driven in buses to see the unveiling of the nearby monument, that shows an image of a KC-130 aircraft based in granite and surrounded in a circle by the engraved names of the fallen.
After the service, the crowd was driven in buses to witness the unveiling of the nearby monument, that shows an image of a KC-130 aircraft based in granite and surrounded in a circle by the engraved names of the fallen.
“Your loss has become our loss,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said to those who come from as far away as Ireland for the ceremony.
Governor Bryant addresses of the relatives of those who lost have gathered here: “Your loss was our loss…” and quotes from the book of Isaiah: “They that trust in the Lord shall rise up on eagle’s wings….” pic.twitter.com/wJ5q9ddyHw
— Mike Evans (@crabblers) July 14, 2018
“We are grateful for the whole memorial, and we will never forget,” Cindy said Elliott of the victims. She lost her son, 30 years old, Capt. Sean E. Elliott of Orange, California.
Navy plane crash: Memorial dedicated in Mississippi to 16 dead a year ago https://t.co/OZ0O13yjRZ
— Clarion Ledger (@clarionledger) July 14, 2018
Elliot said the compliance helped her family find closure following her son’s death.
Deneen Hopkins Wiske, Wisconsin firefighter, is the sister of the fallen Gunnery Sgt. Mark Hopkins.
“We were very much lulled into a false sense of security with Mark, and what he has done,” she said. “These are the animals of the sky; they do not fail.”
Nate Harris, a Special Operations Command Marine, told the Clarion Ledger that “We know that it is the right thing to do to honor them.”
What is the cause of the Navy plane crash Monday, the death of 16?
“I can’t imagine a plane filled with 16 better man,” Suzy said. “They remind us of the best we have to offer, and that they led their life by getting the most out of every day.”
No cause for the plane crash has been released, as the investigation continues.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.