Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Kentucky Arboretum this morning to remember the 49 lives lost when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. The five year anniversary ceremony included the dedication of a sculpture of 49 silver birds flying upward.
“If a memorial can make you appreciate life, this is that memorial. If a memorial can help you find peace, this is that memorial. If a memorial can be uplifting, this is that memorial,” said Matthew Snoddy, a member of the Flight 5191 Memorial Commission.
The victims’ names are etched in granite at the base of the sculpture. The piece was the work of artist Douwe Blumberg.
“Seeing this in person and to know it’s been done so tastefully, it really is just an incredible piece of artwork,” said Jason Bizzack, who lost his mom Carole in the crash.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman attended today’s ceremony. She was the lead federal investigator five years ago, and says aviation is safer because of lessons learned from Comair Flight 5191.
A fundraising effort is still underway to establish a Flight 5191 Memorial maintenance fund.