Earhart's legacy lives on Local Zontians lay wreath to honor Atchison aviatrix DJP Ullmlw. IflVIVl ((T 1 !-.—_1__ *« A! T *.__ .* ** *— Jtl< T*r«M .'tt^MBalMM -— -Q~ —i~—^-^^—— —..,. — „ * _. ,--, ,, , , _,— , .._ ,. .„„ Bv Chris Taylir Staff writer "Thanks to the Zontas, other service clubs, the 99s, the Forest of Friendship, local people and people with Sixty years after her disappear- -... r , t —^ w „.,„ ^^ W1UI ance, Atchison saluted its missing local ties who have contributed money daughter once again. , for Amelia-Earhart projects, Crosby The Atchison Area Zonta Club Kemper for this statue, pilots, both yesterday sponsored an afternoon men and women all over the world, memorial to Amelia Earhart with Amelia's accomplishments have been words, a wreath of sunflowers and kept alive," said Knoch. "Ann the tolling of church bells across the Pellegreno's flight in 1967, and now hills of Earhart's hometown. • Linda Finch's recent World On the Mall, in front . ,^fl| Flight • 1997 has had far of one of the statues of Earhart, Mayor Scott Knoch arid Trinity Episcopal Pastor Father Ray Hartjen saluted the memory and greater effect:..children all over the world now know more about Amelia Earhart than I ever did as a child or even a young adult." Hartjen echoed Knoch's j __„_ _ _^ **vu k| vit v>v>uvrxru i^imvil a legacy Earhart left AMELIA EARHART sentiments of the legacy behind: Birthday Centennial Earhart left behind. "I would like to 1897-1J9 7 He said although her fate open today wjth a ^ .^^--^li^s^still a mystery 60 years quote from'the Mayor of Atchison, 'later her accomplishments remain a Albert Lehman, from August 1937,V-; record of what determination can said Knoch. "Unless we do erect a achieve. Hartjen said that even more memorial, in 10 years youngsters important than her aviation records is will have grown up who may never know the history of the women who became famous in aeronautics and who was known ass Lady Lindy." Knoch saluted the local Zontians, and many inner ciubs and organizations and individuals who have contributed to keeping the memory of Earhart alive in Atchison. Chris Taylor/Globe Father Ray Hartjen, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison, praised the the influence Earhart had on giving legacy Amelia Earhart left behind in the aviator's hometown and the world yesterday women an equal footing with men in a t a memorial service to mark the 60th anniversary of her disappearance. the world. - ~ - . "The greatest tribute to Amelia Earhart is not this hunk of bronze but raiher the destruction of gender biases," said Hartjen. "Because of Amelia Earhart women can now be supreme court justices, senators, truck drivers...Becauseofherquietcourage Earhart and said, "May her coura- cluded.Andthetollingechoedacross and tenacity one Atchison girl helped geous and pioneering spirit live on," the hills Earhart roamed as a young change the world.." " beiis began co toil. And wiih me ring- girl'and over the Missouri River Then as local Zonta club president ing of church bells from Trinity Epis- bluffs the young Earhart gazed over Janelle Weishaar placed the wreath of copal, Str Benedict's Church 'and Sa- perhaps longing to fly across the far sunflowers by the Mall statue of cred Heart the memorial service con- horizons.