Lexington — The community is invited to attend the Memorial Service being held on the 10th anniversary of the Comair Flight 5191 crash. The service will be at the UK Arboretum on Saturday, August 27th at 10 a.m.
Scheduled to attend are more than 400 family members and friends of those who died in the early morning crash. They’ll be joined by Congressman Andy Barr, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, Deborah Hersman, former chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Board, and other special guests.
Father Norman Fischer, from St. Peter Claver Church, will provide the invocation; Pastor Jon Weece, from Southland Christian Church, will give remarks; Matthew Snoddy, Sue Byrd, and Anita Threet, each of whom lost a loved one in the crash, will speak. Other special elements of remembrance, including a bird release, will be included as well.
On the morning of August 27, 2006, Flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. Forty-nine passengers and crew lost their lives. The Memorial Service will take place near the Flight 5191 Memorial Sculpture of forty-nine birds taking flight, representing each of the lives lost in the crash.
Seating for the service will only be available for family members, their guests and participants in the service. Others attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. General parking will be available in the Blue Lot at Commonwealth Stadium. Lextran will provide free shuttle service to the Arboretum.