April 16 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, August 19, 2007
President of the Student Government Association
On behalf of the undergraduate student body and a Hokie family of 26,000... Welcome to the dedication of the memorial for 32 of our own. First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank people from around the nation for the outpour of support that you continue to give our community in our time of need.
Yesterday, students were passed The Comfort Quilt--made by students in 2001 from St. Hilary Catholic School, in Fairlawn, Va., after the tragedy in New York City on September 11--that has since been passed to students in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to the Nickel Mines Amish School in Pennsylvania, and now to Virginia Tech. The quilt is a sign, letting our students know that there are children around the world praying for us and for our friends that we have lost. Thank you for this very meaningful gift.
As I look around today and see the thousands of you who have taken the time to observe our friends on this day, I'm inspired by the strength of our community and I'm inspired by the strength of those families who have joined us. We truly appreciate you being here with us. Today we dedicate a memorial that is central to our campus, and to 32 of our friends who are central to our hearts.
As you observe the memorial today, take time to remember the legacies, remember the dreams, and remember the talent that our community has lost. I hope you are inspired to work harder to honor the 32. Share your talents with the world for the 32. Achieve your dreams for the 32. Be more compassionate, friendly, and thoughtful, for the 32. Be better, for the 32. To our brothers and sisters that we lost on April 16th 2007: We love you, we miss you, and we would give anything for you to be here with us today.
The Hokie Nation will now cheer louder at athletic events, we will perform more service to our community, we will be prouder then ever to be Hokies, and most importantly, we must and will move forward while always keeping 32 in our hearts and minds.
So be strong, stand tall, and live for the 32.