PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - A memorial took place today to honor nine fallen Puerto Rican airmen that died in a C-130 plane crash on May 2nd. First responders were also recognized at this memorial for the quick response they gave.
"Life is precious," said Timothy Gaines of the United States Air Force. "I'm sure none of the families woke up that morning thinking they would lose a loved one."
Tears were shed and flags flew high in honor of the 9 men who never knew that May 2nd would be their last day on Earth.
"We train together," said Gaines. "We go to conferences together. It's more so like losing a brother rather than a comrade."
The mayor of Port Wentworth, State senators, first responders, civilians and also fellow military bowed their heads in prayer today for the men who served our country for numerous years.
The City of Port Wentworth and surrounding areas are working to make sure their legacy lives on.
"These servicemen gave their lives for Georgians," said Senator Lester Jackson. "For this country. And so it is our honor that we pay some sort of tribute to these 9 servicemen and their families and we gonna go to the state to do some sort of memorial to recognize their contributions."