Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 memorial

9 September 1969

London, IN

Concrete plaque at gravesite in Shelbyville, IN


to the Passengers and Crew of

Allegheny Airlines Flight 853



9 September 1969 - 1529EDT

When somebody dies, a cloud turns into an angel, and flies up to tell God to put another flower on a pillow. A bird gives the message back to the world, and sings a silent prayer that makes the rain cry. People disappear, but they never really go away. The spirits up there put the sun to bed, wake up grass, and spin the earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you can see them dancing in a cloud during the daytime, when they're supposed to be sleeping. They paint the rainbows and also the sunsets and make waves splash and tug at the tide. They toss shooting stars and listen to wishes. And when they sing wind-songs, they whisper to us, "Don't miss me too much. The view is nice, and I'm doing just fine."

Tent set up for the memorial service