Balloon Fiesta was a bittersweet event for some people Thursday morning, as a globe honoring balloonists Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis, who died off the coast of Italy just over four years ago, was unveiled outside the Balloon Museum.
Nancy Abruzzo said seeing the sky filled with what her late husband loved – balloons – brings her and her two kids some peace.
“Here we are…with the sun breaking through and all these balloons kind of christening it overhead…that’s pretty special,” Abruzzo said Thursday morning.
Her husband Richard, of Albuquerque, disappeared along with his co-pilot Davis during a gas balloon race off the coast of Italy. Their bodies were found a few months later.
“You know, it’s never easy to reflect year in and year out,” Abruzzo said.
The city honored Richard and Rymer-Davis with an etched world globe. Mayor Richard Berry was a close friend of Abruzzo’s from college.
“They’re reminding us every day to keep pushing forward,” Berry said.
The globe sits outside the Balloon Fiesta Museum with a quote that Nancy holds close to her heart.
“It will certainly put a smile [on my face] every time I walk by it, so I hope that’s the same for everybody who comes out,” she said.