Forty years have passed since Eastern Flight 401 slammed down in the Florida Everglades, yet no memorial has been raised to remember the 101 people who perished that night.
It's time to change that, say survivors and families of the victims, who hope to raise $15,000 for a granite block containing the names of those who died.
“We want to get something that's permanent, because the memory lives on forever,” said Ron Infantino, a passenger on the Lockheed-1011 that crashed 18 miles northwest of Miami on Dec. 29, 1972.
On Saturday, at 4 p.m., about 40 survivors and family members will gather at the ValuJet Memorial in far southwest Miami-Dade County to remember those lost on the Eastern flight. ValuJet Flight 592 crashed about two miles away from the Eastern site — 24 years later.
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