The town of Montoursville was in shock when they received the information of the crash. This event would forever change this small town. The mass of this town tragedy reached so far that cheerleaders from New Jersey visit the Memorial every year to honor the victims. This just shows how big the impact of the event was as well as the support that Montoursville received from everyone in this time of sadness.
The land in which the Memorial resides has a rich history. The land has been used for many different important uses. From being a cemetery, to a church, to a temporary log cabin display, to a millstone Memorial, this land has served Montoursville since 1811. The land was chosen from a list of nine different sites. The land, referred to as the mill stone property, was chosen by both the Montoursville Area School Board, the families of the victims and the borough council.
The design process for the Memorial was very community based. The Memorial committee asked for design submissions. They received a total of 120 designs, most of which had been submitted my local middle schoolers. After reviewing the submissions and cooperating with professionals the Memorial committee was able to come to full agreement of the design in March of 1999. In the end the design chosen is a tall rectangular base with a statue of an angle resting on top. Each side of the stone base has written on it something to commemorate the tragedies of Flight 800.