April 16 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, August 19, 2007
President of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate
On April 16th, the faculty of Virginia Tech lost many of their students.
On April 16th, the faculty of Virginia Tech also lost co-workers, colleagues, friends, spouses, and a child.
On April 16th and in the hours, days, weeks, and months that followed, many faculty assumed roles and responsibilities that are not listed in any faculty job description, and they assumed these roles willingly, silently, and without hesitation... only too glad to be of service in some way.
On April 16th and in the hours, days, weeks, and months that followed, the faculty of Virginia Tech have engaged in acts of heroism, courage, dedication, and sacrifice, most of which will never be known publicly and for which most faculty would prefer not be known.
It is my hope that the memorial we are dedicating today stands not just for all we have lost, but also as a tribute to the devotion, commitment, and love that faculty have shown to their students, to one another, and to this institution.
It is my hope that this memorial signals that, as a community, we are very, very strong; we are very committed; and we will always prevail. For we are Virginia Tech!