Darren Jones, the woodcarver of the Forever In The Clouds Monument came to Estevan for a few hours today to add the last face of the 21 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force to the monument. Although it was raining, that didn't stop him from finishing what he had started.
Jones explains how he feels about finally being able to add the final face, "It's totally incredible I was a little worried when we got down to 4 faces left to find. Then 2 came to us so I came down and did those 2 about a month and a half ago. We then put it out on media for the last 2 and we got a hit right away by one of the relatives of Kirko. Coppin was lost we couldn't find him, so I put a bounty on his head on facebook for a sculpture. Within a half hour of posting it, the sculpture was won by a lady in southern Alberta. She found it in a Winnipeg newspaper from September 26, 1946, on page 3. I don't know how she did it, I haven't talked to her further and I have to still present her with a sculpture. Half an hour with social media got me the last man."
"It's before the anniversary I had to make it down here to finish this off and put all the faces on. It's very special to me, we started off with 17 of the faces and I left blanks in here so I could put the other 4 we were missing. We got them and that was an amazing feat."
"I'm so glad to bring these boys home. the one thing about being able to do this I'm able to do the things I want to. It really touched my heart and these gentlemen there was never a memorial for them and now there is a permanent monument and that's one of the reasons I did it. It's so the families have a place to come to say this was my forefather and it's beautiful."
The monument unveiling is set to take place this Sunday, September 16 at 3 PM and will include a flyover by Moose Jaw 15 Wing.