I'm gonna start this thread here cause the original effort for Mr. Marquis has grown to such magnitude, probably larger than any other single fund-raising effort we've all done here before!
From the 401 website, http://eastern401.googlepages.com/
There is discussion of placing of a memorial at the crash site for those that lost their lives, and those that took on the daunting task of the rescue efforts on that cold night in the Everglades.
And from the original Eastern 401 thread I have been challenged,
This is a task that a blue-collar/joe-airboater like myself could never accomplish. I could never possibly "chair" such an endeavor as I do not have the political manners to make this happen if permitting via Corp of Engineers or SFWMD for such monument were involved. *********** knows this! Yet being the former "Safety Director" of the FAA he quite possibly has the contacts and resources to make this happen. If he could just get this chip off his shoulder...I nominate you to spearhead the effort. It will be a GREAT project! The accomplishment of getting a memorial erected will be a great demonstration of the ability of the airboating community to git r'dun! The ball is in your hands. I would love to see a touch down.
Some interested person should pick up the ball and run with it. There used to be a couple of folks in the FAA who would and could do it.
It is now time to see what the new and improved FAA can do.
As I too will do everything in my capacity to help, I also know when I'm not capable of doing something. I will respectfully decline taking on such an endeavor as large as this. And since there are key players here...
please let Myself or John C or *********** know we don't want to step on any ones toes and all need to be on the same sheet of music
Would only make sense to nominate *********** to spearhead the memorial effort! Please sir take this ball and run with it, (I'm never been much of a "stick-and-ball" kinda sports guy anyway)! Motorsports rock!