Early on the morning of Wednesday, July 17, 1996
—hearts and minds overflowing with excitement for the journey—
five of our friends, neighbors and kinfolk,
left Stevenson, Alabama, bound for Paris, France.
That evening, at sunset,
TWA Flight 800 fell with them into the Atlantic Ocean,
just off the south coast of Long Island, New York.
All 230 souls aboard perished.
The tragedy touched towns and cities large and small,
throughout America and around the world.
But, save for Montoursville, Pennsylvania,
and it's 21 students and teachers,
Stevenson lost more than any other place.
Here, at the crossroads of our town, we remember them
and the promise, hope, joy faith and love which they were.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there shall thy hand lead me
and thy right hand shall hold me.
This memorial stands on land given by
Coastal Lumber Company, Inc in 2006
for the express purpose of building this memorial.
It was built by the City of Stevenson.
Dedicated July 17, 2013