In a quiet, wooded patch of land in view of the flightline, community members gathered for a heartfelt ceremony today at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of one of the worst air show disasters in history.
About 100 people — a mix of those who were at the air show and survived and relatives of some of the 70 who perished — gathered before a tall memorial stone engraved with the names of the victims and garnished with fresh flowers. Some wiped tears from their eyes while Sibylle and Hartmut Jatzko, a gray-haired couple from Krickenbach who have worked over the years with survivors and relatives, took turns speaking.
“Let us not forget the ones that we lost,” Hartmut Jatzko said.
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