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EgyptAir MS804 Memorial

The one-year anniversary of EgyptAir flight MS804 occurred 19 May 2017. In keeping with best practices, the EgyptAir Family Care team, their senior management and Kenyon organized and hosted a memorial ceremony for the friends and families of those who perished aboard the ill-fated flight.

Over many years of working in the Middle East and responding to Middle Eastern losses, Kenyon has assisted with coordinating numerous memorials in the region, but this was the first memorial that was fully funded by the airline rather than the families.

The memorial ceremony included a family brief, family meal and dedication of a permanent memorial stone and wall. Families, friends, EgyptAir employees and various dignitaries were in attendance.Phrases from “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran were used. Families were contacted and involved in the process of final design. Most importantly, families chose the language, names (some chose nicknames) and special phrases that were inscribed on the memorial wall. As is also expected, some families chose not to have their loved ones name memorialized. For those families, places were left for themto add the names of their loved ones at a later date.

EgyptAir did an excellent job planning a meaningful memorial that will serve as a permanent place to remember the victims of flight MS804. To view footage of the memorial ceremony, click the following links: AFP TV and AlMasry AlYoum TV .

Learn more about the importance memorials and why they should be included in your emergency planning in this recent article from Kenyon Associate Gail Rowntree, MSc (OPP), BSc, FCIPD, FHEA, MEPS.

Kenyon’s Memorial Team

  • A Senior Incident Director to oversee the whole event
  • A Memorial Director and two Memorial Specialists to coordinate the logistics and event.
  • Special Assistance Team Members to support families and attendees.
  • A Crisis Communications Director to assist with media inquiries and communications.
  • A Technical briefer about the progress of the investigation.
  • A team of Data Management Specialists to organize and verify all information, including ensuring the names on the memorial stone were accurate.