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September 19, 2013

SATURDAY: A ceremony will be held at Oakwood Cemetery to honor the pilot whose last act saved hundreds.

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In his sermon, McIntyre recalled a Dayton newspaper columnist's interview with the lone survivor in that car, now in her late 60s, whose hands still bear the scars of the tragic day though she has no memory of the crash. Nina Hampton, who lost her parents and older sister in the crash, is now married with two sons and five grandchildren, and told the columnist, “The more I live, the more I realize God’s blessings. Because I lived, I have a responsibility to be a blessing to others.”

That the baby, raised by grandparents, grew to have a happy life, gives great comfort to Violette, who was moved by the survivor's resolve to share her blessings. "It's so amazing to go through a tragedy and have the feelings that she does," Violet said.

And now, on Saturday, extended members of the William Glasgow's family will likely feel blessed as well, by the full story of their inspirational flying hero.  

Among family members present will be relative who recently became a volunteer at Oakwood, and only then learned of the ceremony.  Giselle Ladouceur had known of her second cousin, William, but after hearing more about him as the event was planned, now feels closer to the pilot's memory. "I got to know him a lot more," she said. "Now, he's like somebody I know, somebody personal to me."

Along with the medal presentation and the unveiling of a marker denoting Glasgow as a notable resident of Oakwood, there will be a bag piper performing, in tribute to Glasgow's Scottish heritage. 

"We're going to have a celebration of the life of William Glasgow," said Pete Ames, a volunteer board member at the cemetery. "We are going to present the family with a medal posthumously, unveil a new historic sign and have momentos and other materials on display related to the captain." 

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