ILION, N.Y. -- It's been 33 years since seven astronauts were killed in the explosion of the space shuttle, Challenger.
It was also a personal tragedy for this area, because one of the astronauts, who was killed, Gregory Jarvis, grew up in Mohawk and graduated from Mohawk High School.
But with the help of local students and elected leaders, Jarvis will be honored and forever immortalized.
This has been years in the making but with the help of Herkimer County Legislator John Brezinski and Senator Chuck Schumer a special memorial dedication ceremony.
Artifacts and items that belonged to Jarvis are being sent to Herkimer County, including pictures of the astronaut from his widow, several of his medals from NASA and his helmet. There will also be an astronaut coming to speak and present the items.
Students from all 16 schools in Herkimer County School District signed a document two years ago asking NASA to send artifacts for a local memorial.
The superintendent of central valley academy says bringing these items to the area should serve as an inspiration for others.
“It makes it real for everybody and it basically I think allows kids to dream again and say hey I can do this someone did it and that came from here and you know what I can do that I can do that too,” said Central Valley Superintendent Jeremy Rich.
“I think it's really amazing just because like the artifacts are so important and being from the school we did have some information about him but having like a piece of him hair is definitely going to help the kids that go there a lot more at the history of what the school has come from,” said Nicolas Shedd, a CVA freshman.
The ceremony will take place on May 3 at Herkimer College.