Seventy-two years ago, 21 servicemen lost their lives in a plane crash at the former Estevan Airport site located south of the city.
Sculptor and artist Darren Jones has been working on the project since 2017, and said he struggles to put the emotions of completing the project into words.
“Well whenever you have a project this big, and this important, with this much emotion… and it’s not just my emotion of creating it, it’s the emotion of the families and the communities involved, it’s such a big relief,” said Jones.
“It was unfinished without these last faces … 21 men died that day, and we needed to honour all 21, these men were heroes … there was just no option to not find them.”
A dedication ceremony will be held at the Estevan Regional Airport on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. There will be a flyover as part of the event, and representatives from 15-Wing Moose Jaw Canadian Air Force Base will be present.
Next week’s Mercury will have more on the story.