On This Day We Are All Hokies: Two Years Remembered

Jacob FlinchumCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - APRIL 16:  Corps of Cadets guards keep watch next to a ceremonial candle during a candlelight vigil on Virginia Tech's Day of Remembrance honoring the 32 people killed by Cho Seung-Hui April 16, 2008 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Today is the one-year anniversary of the worst school shooting in US history.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Two years ago, we were all awaiting college football spring games. We were all going through life like it were another day.

This day, however, was terribly different.

Reports on the news said two people had lost their lives on Virginia Tech's Campus.


This was too beautiful of a campus for anything like this to happen. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, surrounded by nature and small towns.

The news went from bad to worse throughout the day.

By the end of the day we found out 32 innocent lives were taken from us so prematurely.

How could we now be excited about Saturday's upcoming Spring Game?

All we could do was stand in awe of this horrendous event.

Our hearts were broken for the families of the victims, and tears ran down our faces no matter how strong or meek we may have been.

What do we do now? Where do we go from here?

We looked to our leaders to guide us, and help us cope with the loss our university had suffered.

But we would get through this, and as Nikki Giovanni proclaimed, "We would prevail".

We have endured for two years, and the pain has gotten a little easier, but we will never forget our fallen friends and the other victims of this tragedy. We will never let go of the memory of this day, so that we may learn from the events to prevent anything like this from happening again.

We will always remember the support from other universities from around the country. We will remember them breaking from their traditional school colors to sport our maroon and orange to pay tribute to our loss.

On this day we need to realize how lucky we are. We need to be thankful for our loved ones who are only a phone call away. We never know when our family or closest of friends will be taken away from us.

So for all of us out here getting excited about the sports we write about, and debating whether our team is better than yours, please take a moment and reflect on this day of remembrance. Remember those who lost their lives needlessly on this day two years ago.

We will never forget.

For on this day, we are all Hokies


In Remembrance

Ross A. Alameddine * Christopher James Bishop * Brian R. Bluhm * Ryan Christopher Clark * Austin Michelle Cloyd * Jocelyne Couture-Nowak * Kevin P. Granata * Matthew Gregory Gwaltney * Caitlin Millar Hammaren * Jeremy Michael Herbstritt * Rachael Elizabeth Hill * Emily Jane Hilscher * Jarrett Lee Lane * Matthew Joseph La Porte * Henry J. Lee * Liviu Librescu * G.V. Loganathan * Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan * Lauren Ashley McCain * Daniel Patrick O’Neil * Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz * Minal Hiralal Panchal * Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva * Erin Nicole Peterson * Michael Steven Pohle, Jr. * Julia Kathleen Pryde * Mary Karen Read * Reema Joseph Samaha * Waleed Mohamed Shaalan * Leslie Geraldine Sherman * Maxine Shelly Turner * Nicole Regina White