Ever since I created Confessions of a Trolley Dolly I have wanted to show the world that Cabin Crew are more than just the boys and girls in the glamorous uniforms, who serve tea and coffee, beef or chicken, stow luggage, and wave our arms about doing the safety demonstration.
We are aviations first responders – Police, Firemen, Paramedics all rolled in to one – there for our passengers safety. Indeed, we are the most important safety feature on board any aircraft.
I started the ‘Angels of the Sky’ section of Confessions of a Trolley Dolly to look at our cabin crew heroes such as Uli Derickson, Jan Brown, Ali Osman, Ruth Carol Taylor, Barbara Jane Harrison and Iris Peterson, crew who have not only saved the lives of countless passengers, but have also changed the face of the aviation industry.
On July 24, 2014 cabin crew around the world first wore a small black ribbon on their uniform as a mark of respect for their fallen colleagues, following a series of tragic air disasters.
Since then airline staff have been adding a black ribbon to their uniform every July 24, to celebrate ‘Angels Of The Sky Memorial Day’ a yearly memorial for our fallen aviation brothers and sisters, and those who have changed the face of our industry.
We may wear different uniforms, but we are united in grief when accidents occur.
Obviously 2020 has been a year like no other for everyone, but especially for those of us in aviation. Coronavirus has crippled the travel industry and many of us are no facing the harsh realities of having to hang up our wings. However, once flying is in your blood it’s hard to ever give it up. Working in aviation isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle choice.
So while many of you may not be donning the designer uniforms for now, I hope that you will still add a black ribbon to your civvies on July 24th.
Obviously, to make this day a success I need your help and support by spreading the word between your colleagues and sharing any posts across social media to make our ‘Angels of the Sky Memorial Day’ a continued success.
Thank you in advance.
“Flight attendants don’t die, they just fly higher”
Tips On How To Make Your Ribbons –
You will need –
- Black ribbon.
- Super glue or fabric glue.
- Safety pins.
Simply cut yourself a piece of black ribbon (approximately 15cm) fold it in to the ribbon shape, dab a small piece of glue to hold it together, add your safety-pin and Voilà, your Angels of the Sky Memorial Day ribbon to add to your uniform or civvies on 24th July.
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