Finally A Monument to the Simple Man: Late Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and other members honored with new monument near the crash site in Gillsburg MS!

October 22, 2019

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On October 20th 1977, a Convair CV-240 passenger aircraft chartered by Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd  crashed in a heavily wooded area of Gillsburg Mississippi while en route from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Lead vocalist/founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist and vocalist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray all died as a result of the crash; 20 others survived.
And now, finally, a memorial monument, funded largely by fans through GoFundMe and more, was dedicated on 10/20/19 to commemorate the fallen members of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time.

We talked to the president of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument Project, Bobby McDaniel, who was one of the rescuers on hand that fateful night, about this memorial that was a long time in the making.