A Navy Park in Memory of Flight 19:
In 1989, Walter Houghton, Assistant Fort Lauderdale Airport Director, noticed the efforts of Allan McElhiney and the NASFL Historical Association, and received permission to build a Navy Park on the east side of the FAA tower at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport. Walter found a plaque dedicated to Flight 19 designed by the Woman's Council Navy League that had been stored in a warehouse, and he had a special monument built to display it. A torpedo bomber (TBM) propeller was mounted at the top, against the background of the tower. The park was completed in the beginning of 1990. Every year on 5 December, a Memorial Ceremony is performed. It is open to the public. City Officials, Navy personnel, Veterans of wars, press and the general public attend the ceremony.
The wife and daughter of Captain Edward Powers USMC who was part of the Flight 19, arrived for the opening. After the ceremony was over, they told Walter that it was the nicest thing that had happened since the lost flight of December 5, 1945. Edward's daughter mentioned that "since my dad was lost at sea, by having this monument here, I now find true peace for the first time since he died."