Remembering the day that changed Western New York forever

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BUFFALO -- The little things that make life so special are forever marked with a certain emptiness for Kathy Johnston.

"You always envision your grandchildren coming and the two of you babysitting that grandchild and it's tough," said Johnston.

"He's not here and he should be."

Johnston's husband Kevin was one of the fifty people who lost their lives five years ago during the tragic crash of Flight 3407.

Five years is a lot of time between now and that horrible day, enough to move on and potentially start a new life. But five years is also a lot of time to dwell on the past and recount the many moments that could have been."I want to start moving in the right direction but it's very hard, very hard, "said Justine Krasuski, whose husband Jerry was returning from a business trip on Flight 3407.

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"I want to start moving in the right direction but it's very hard, very hard, "said Justine Krasuski, whose husband Jerry was returning from a business trip on Flight 3407.

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Echoing the emptiness felt by the victims' loved ones are the questions surrounding what has been accomplished since the tragedy. Training for loss of control and safeguards against pilot fatigue are in effect, but less than half of the recommendations by the National Transit and Safety Board in the wake of the crash have been implemented.

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And the status of the lawsuits against the airlines involved in the crash remain in limbo. Neither Johnston nor Krasuski have had their lawsuits against Pinnacle, Colgan and Continental airlines settled.

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"I think they would like all of us to just be quiet and go away. And you know they changed my life forever, "said Johnston.

For those whose lives were irreversibly affected by Flight 3407 they can take comfort in one thing, they are not experiencing this alone. Johnston and Krasuski will join other family members of 3407 victims Wednesday night for a memorial service to remember what they lost.

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