February 12, 2019

It is a cold snowy morning here this day. Once again, as throughout the year, thoughts turn to our loved ones who left us 56 years ago today: You live on in the hearts of the families and friends you left behind and who mourn you still.

This website has been a gathering point over the past eight years, a commons for those who lived the story of Flight 705, who have remembered and reflected on that day and its implications. Once again, I give thanks to my daughter Sarah who helped create this virtual bridge for a landing place for us back in 2011. When I voiced a long held desire to connect with others affected by this event, she provided this idea for connection.

So to all who have written in, even though we’ve never met, it’s great to hear from you. To hear your sentiments of how the past five-plus decades have touched your lives brings comfort in a profound way: there are shared threads of how this affected all of us.

Thanks for touching base. Perhaps, in the next five years, we can collectively move forward to a permanent monument for those aboard Flight 705 in Everglades National Park. Please share your thoughts.

We all share a special bond. Here’s to your hearts being in a good place this February.




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Allen Ray Friesen, Second Officer on Flight 705

Allen Ray Friesen

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Remembering Our Loved Ones . . . 55 Years Ago This Day

February 12, 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the loss of Flight 705. That day our lives were forever changed. Today we remember family members, friends, and the crew of Flight 705 with love and gratitude for the time we had with them. Here’s to our collective memories that still capture the essence of who these individuals were and what they meant to us. It is my hope that in the coming years a permanent memorial may be erected to them at Everglades National Park.

Everglades National Park Press Release, February 12, 2013


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In Memory: 54 years ago today. Love and peace to all connected to this story

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53 Years Ago . . .

In memory of all who boarded Flight 705 53 years ago this morning. You are still remembered, and missed, by many.

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In Memory of Myrna Ewert, stewardness on Flight 705

Thanks to Carol Hall for this poignant article. See page 14.

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A special welcome to the family of Max and Ethel Kelinson. Here’s to the memory of your grandparents.

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