Today, December 29th, 2009 is the 37th Anniversary of the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 into the Florida Everglades. After reuniting in 2007 at the 35th Anniversary at the crash site, the a group of the survivors have been working together to put together the Tribute that never was. Today is also our 2nd Anniversary of being back together and working toward this goal.
To celebrate our being reunited in this common goal and in rememberance of the lives that were lost or forever changed on that cold and dark December night, we are spending today together to speak about our experiences and show pictures and newspaper articles about that ill-fated night.
This morning we are at PI Bagels on Pine Island in Fort Lauderdale, owned by a former Eastern employee and just filled with old Eastern memorabilia. We are here from 8AM until 1PM.
Tonight we are gathering in Miami at the 94th AeroSquadron restaurant on the south side of Miami International Airport at 8PM for dinner and invite the public to come by and speak with us and let us tell you about how the crash of Flight 401 has made air travel safer.
We are working to putting together a Tribute to the crash and to that end we are selling merchandise including prints, hats and bags and as always, any other donations are most gladly accepted. Please come and let us share our experiences with you as we remember on this anniversary, 37 years later.