Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We Are Marshall

On Nov. 14, 1970, a plane carrying 75 people including Marshall's football team, coaches, staff, community members and flight crew crashed near the Huntington Tri-State Airport on a return trip following the Thundering Herd's game against East Carolina.
All on board were killed.

File photos: The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV

A fountain was created to remember the lives that were lost (there are 75 points to the flower bud sculpture). An inscription on the monument reads: “In lasting remembrance of the members of the Marshall University football team..."

The plane crash is largely who Marshall University has become.

Each fall on November 14, the fountain at Marshall University is turned off during the service, to remain silent until spring. This year the 1970 football player who was injured, and not on the plane, came back to speak.

It is a fitting ceremony, and a sacred way to memoralize those who lost their lives.


Bachland :) said...

We are.... Marshall

Those words have such impact when you know the sad story.

LL said...

Such a sad story! I'm happy to hear they honor the lives lost each year.

Becky said...

I've seen the movie, but it was interesting to hear how they remember the ones who have died. Thanks for sharing.

Amy M. said...

Paki and I really like The Marshall movie. It was a great tribute to such a wonderful community that still seems to be grieving at times. That's wonderful that you were able to go to the ceremony.

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Christy said...

Saw the movie too, sobbed! A great event to be able to take the boys to.

Suzanne said...

I loved the movie. It's one of my all time favorites. When your family moved there and I found out your husband worked there I felt like that was MY tie to such a sad story and legacy. Thanks for sharing. I bet it was a wonderful thing to attend and partake of the memorial.