Pt. Wentworth is holding a ceremony honoring the victims and first responders of the Puerto Rican National Guard C-130 that crashed on Hwy. 21 last week.
The ceremony is Saturday, May 12th. Click PLAY to hear the details from Pt. Wentworth Mayor Gary Norton:
NINE LINE HONORS THOSE LOST IN 156TH AIRLIFT WING TRAGEDY
Savannah, GA – On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, a military WC-130 Hercules aircraft crashed on GA Hwy 21 outside Savannah. The plane was from the 156th Airlift Wing, and was en route to Arizona when it crashed shortly after takeoff. The flight’s crew were part of the Puerto Rico National Guard. All nine perished when the plane went down.
Nine Line has partnered with the 165th Airlift Wing to raise fuds for the families left behind in the wake of this horrible tragedy. The 165th and 156th are considered sister units, and members of the 165th reached out to Nine Line immediately following the crash to see what the apparel company could do to help.
“In times of tragedy, this is what we do,” said Nine Line CEO, CPT Tyler Merritt. “We come together, and we raise fuds and awareness for those affected. We do whatever we can to alleviate their pain, and show our support.”
Nine Line will be launching a collaborative fundraising design on their website on Wednesday, May 9th, titled “156th Air Wing”. The design will be on sale for two weeks, then will be printed and shipped no later than May 20th.
“The artwork is a combination of the unit patches for both [the 156th and 165th] Wings,” said E4 Senior Airman Joey Lupica of the 165th, who initially contacted Nine Line to establish the fundraising effort. “It is an artistic attempt to show the unity between the two units during a tie where we need to stand together.”
About NINE LINE APPAREL- Founded in 2012 by two Army Captains, Nine Line Apparel is a patriotic lifestyle brand based out of Savannah, Georgia. Nine Line is known for their patriotic designs, and as a give-back organization that supports our nation’s veterans and first responders through the Nine Line Foundation and other non-profit initiatives. To learn more, visit ninelineapparel.com.