Clarence Center, NY (WBEN) - Five years after Colgan Air flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, a vigil was held to remember those who were lost.
Family of those who died were joined by members of the Clarence Center community.
Laura Voigt says it's painful at times to remember her sister Elly, but it is still important to share her feelings with others who are going through the same thing. "Tonight those two things come together, the horrible loss and also all of the positive things that have come out" Voigt said.
Speakers who ranged from politicians, to volunteers who assisted family members late that night.
Sister Martha Olszewski was a volunteer for the Red Cross, and met the family of victims on the night of the crash. "It has been a journey that I am honored and privileged to be a part of," Olszewski said. "I am proud to be associated with the family members of 3407, for their courage to walk this journey. Some folks despair, they did not."
Since the crash, the families of victims have fought for aviation safety reform, something they achieved with The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.
"We all realized that what happened there that night was not the end of 51 stories, it actually was also the beginning of the story of this group," said Pastor Steve Biegner, who was present at the crash site as a member of the Clarence Center Fire Hall.
After the vigil, another ceremony was held at the site of the crash on Long Street, where the names of the victims were read, accompanied by the ring of a bell.