Activities continue this Sunday for the “Community Remembrance” as Cecil County pauses to reflect on a tragic event a half-century ago when Pan AM World Airways Flight 214 crashed at the edge of Elkton. It was Dec. 8, 1963, that the big jet broke apart in fight and crashed at the edge of town.
The community remembrance, hosted by the Singerly Fire Company and the Historical Society of Cecil County, takes place at 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Station at 300 Newark Avenue in Elkton. Everyone is invited to attend.
Yesterday the Society and Singerly greeted over 130 family members from all over the nation, as we met for the first time with relatives of passengers on the flight and heard many share stories at the “Listening Station.” It was a chance for the families to get to know the volunteers working on the remembrance, the leadership of emergency service agencies, and each other before today’s larger public event. Well into the evening hours the Society’s headquarters was buzzing with activity as a large appreciative crowd packed the building and mingled before heading out to restaurants around the area.
Earlier in the day, the Community Listening Station was open and oral historians recorded the stories of family members. Thanks to all the volunteers who have been working on this for months as the Cecil County got ready to pause and reflect on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.