'Forever In The Clouds' will be the name of the monument built to honor the 21 men who died in a fiery plane crash near Estevan in 1946.

Christened by it's sculpture, Darren Jones, who also did the Soldier Tree, it was unveiled at the Living Skies airshow on Sunday.

He was still working on the Soldier Tree when Lester Hinzman told him about the tragedy. It put the inspiration in him to continue using his chainsaw talents and begin another project.

"Unfortunately, I lost my wife last September. The story started hitting a lot closer to home, I had empathy for the loss of the families. It became a part of the healing process for myself as well," said Jones.

"I'm hoping that some of the families get to see this, because I actually did it for the families."

He noted that it was a challenge, and one that he was willing to accept.

Artist Darren Jones speaks to those in attendance during the unveiling ceremony.

 "I can sculpt, and there's not a lot of people who can do this. If I don't stand up, who's going to?"

 Colonel Denis O'Reilly, the Wing Commander at the Moose Jaw Air Force Base said that he got involved through a   friend of Lester Hinzman's. They met, and he began using his links in the Department of National Defense to track   down information and faces so Jones could get to work.

 "We're still missing four, so we're going to try through the families or wherever we can. We haven't given up making   sure that all 21 faces go up on that sculpture."

 "I'm tremendously impressed with the passion and respect that Darren and Lester have towards this. As the senior   serving military person in the province, I thought it would be a real crime if we didn't pay homage to these fallen   gentlemen, who within a year of coming back from the war lost their lives," he expressed.

 "I'm very proud to be involved. If we wouldn't have supported them it would have been a lost opportunity."

 Colonel O'Reilly stated that the ceremony was a great first start towards educating people regarding the sacrifice that   is required from military personnel and their families, adding that it was great to see the size of crowd and number of   young people in attendance.

For Lester Hinzman, it was an emotional experience seeing his vision and passionate efforts come to fruition.

"The main highlight was the missing man formation flyover. These men that died fought for us and paid the ultimate sacrifice, and for 71 years, they were forgotten."

"When I stumbled across the story, my heart sank, because I am the son of a veteran that went through hell. To see the formation, it was just breathtaking," he expressed.




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