Schoolgirl Kirsten Dunford touched on the emotions of the families and friends of the 14 servicemen in a poem she penned in the wake of the crash.
Sgt Quilliam's wife Rayna and daughter Angela at his funeral
A friend of Angela Quilliam, 14, whose father Gary was one of those who died, she wrote: "You were special guys to all of us.
"You did everything together,
"You brave men put your lives at risk.
"We will remember you forever."
Kirsten's piece, A Good Friend, was among the tributes to the fallen when the men's bodies were repatriated to the UK last September.
Her words retained their poignancy nearly five months later as those same families, friends and colleagues gathered again in remembrance in a cavernous Two Hangar at RAF Kinloss.
The station on the Moray coast received the shattering news that a Nimrod MR2 had gone down while operating in Afghanistan on 2 September.
Ten days later the 14 bodies were flown to Kinloss from Kandahar for a repatriation ceremony, at the families' request.
The giant C17 transport aircraft touched down briefly en-route to Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, so that a coroner's inquest into the accident could be carried out under English law. As is the practice with military incidents.
Funerals were held in November.
A C17 transporter flies the bodies to Kinloss last September
Flt Sgt Stephen Beattie was buried on the 11th of the month, a date associated with remembrance of wartime and forces' casualties.
The father-of-two's widow Shona later spoke publicly of her belief that defence cutbacks were putting lives at risk.
She said her husband could not remember the last time he flew a plane "with all the parts working".
A technical fault was believed to be to blame for the Nimrod's crash.
It also gave Kirsten her opening lines.
She wrote: "It wasn't your time, it was an accident,
"The plane just had to go down,
"I believe there was a technical fault,
"That threw your plane to the ground."
Following Monday's memorial, thoughts among many of the 2,000 attending are likely turn to the inquest and Board of Inquiry and their hopes that they will reveal what happened that day last September.