Efforts Underway To Rescue Banner Commemorating Crash Victims

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - There will soon be a copy of a giant banner that was the first memorial to the victims of Comair 5191.

Officials at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky this week began taking digital photos of every segment of the 20-foot banner, with plans to make a replica of all the messages of support for the people who died in the August 2006 crash.

The original banner is starting to fade and wear. Organizers plan to preserve it by storing it with inert gas.

The Comair undertaking may be one of the largest efforts to preserve a banner of this type since digital technology advanced to its current state. Communities even had difficulty preserving their banners after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The photos of the banner also will be published in a commemorative book and posted on a Web site.

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