CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Here in western New York, plans are taking shape for twopermanent memorials to the lives lost in the crash of Flight3407.
They are the images that western New Yorkers will never forget,especially those who lost loved ones on board Flight 3407, andthose who live here on Long Street in Clarence Center.
The lot is now vacant where Karen Wielinski's house once stood.She lost her husband Doug when the plane crashed into their house.And next door, the property is for sale and may never sell. Theempty land is a reminder of what took place on that cold night inFebruary.
A memorial committee is now considering what to put here on thesite.
Mike Powers of the 3407 Memorial Committee said, "Because thatis really the most sensitive issue, and we wanna make sure it'ssomething that the Long Street folks are happy with."
Powers says this site will have a small, understated memorial. Alot of ideas came into the 3407 Memorial Committee, but ultimately,it is private property, and Karen Wielinski will make the finaldecision.
"Karen not only lost her husband, she lost her house, memories,and she was there, so it's hard to imagine a greater impact thanhas hit her," explained Powers.
A second memorial will be placed near Town Hall, most likely bythe library. Town Supervisor Scott Bylewski welcomes a publicremembrance. He said, "It should be something in keeping with thelives of the loved ones and their families wishes and all theeffort of the community dealing with last February."
The memorial committee will be sitting down with Long Streethomeowners in the next month. Over 40 designs were submitted forthe site by the UB architecture and planning school.
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