Looking forward

April 16th, 2009 at 10:36 pm by under Uncategorized

The events of the 4/16 Day of Remembrance came to a close today with a candlelight vigil on the drillfield.  Five to ten thousand Hokies gathered in a semi-circle around the memorial while the names of the fallen were read.  Accompanied by the Corps of Cadets, the family and friends of the fallen helped light the candles of all the spectators, followed by a moment of silence.  As the vigil came to a close, the crowd erupted in cheers of “Let’s go, Hokies!” proving that although those we lost that day will always be in our memories, we must look forward to the future and do what we can in their memory.

Walking around campus today made me realize something that I previously had not.  Today is not only about mourning the 32 Hokies taken before their time, but also about celebrating the life that we still have.  Seeing groups of friends smiling and laughing, simply enjoying each other’s company, makes me proud to be a Hokie.  This event may have been tragic, but it brought together the Hokie community in a way most couldn’t comprehend.  Days like today make us all realize that like Nikki Giovanni predicted, the Hokies DID prevail.  And we will continue to do so.

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