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Aug 16, 2012 10:40 PM by Associated Press

Memorial held for crash victims

MICHIGAN (AP) - Family members of those who died in a plane crash near Detroit Metropolitan Airport 25 years ago have held a memorial event at the crash site.

The Phoenix-bound jetliner crashed on Aug. 16, 1987, killing 154 people aboard and two on the ground.

The lone survivor was Cecelia Cichan (SHEE'-uhn), who was 4 at the time.

The memorial event happened Thursday night at the Northwest Flight 255 memorial site on the embankment of Middlebelt Road at the entrance to Interstate 94 in Romulus.

The service includes a reading of the names of the victims, with people shining pen lights into the sky to honor their loved-ones.

The Rev. James Wieging (WEE'-ging) has been participating since 1987 and tells WXYZ-TV it's a familiar, comforting observance.

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