FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., December 9, 2007 - Fort Campbell officials will conduct a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the 248 Soldiers killed in the aircraft crash in Gander, Newfoundland, on Dec.12, 1985. The ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Gander Memorial Park on post.

A single wreath will be placed at the memorial site during the ceremony, followed by a scripture reading and a bugler playing "Taps."

A memorial will also be held in Gander and a letter from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, will be read. In it he says, in part, "The communities of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Gander, Newfoundland, were tragically and permanently linked 23 years ago. Each year, the two communities gather 2,500 miles apart to remember the lives lost and the lives forever changed on that cold December morning. As you meet in Gander this year to remember the lives of those Screaming Eagles lost that day, know that the Soldiers and families of the 101st appreciate your compassion. Thank you for what you did 23 years ago, and for what your community continues to do each year in memory."


MEDIA NOTE: Reporters interested in covering the ceremony should contact Cathy Gramling at 270-798-9966 by 4 p.m. Thursday. Plan to meet at Gate 3 at 8 a.m. for escort to the event site.