April 16th, 2007 is a day that those of us lucky enough to call ourselves Hokies will never forget.
In the wake of the tragedy, I felt angry. Angry that people who have never before really contemplated Virginia Tech will forever have this incident as the prominent reference embedded in their minds. I worried that this is what they will think of when they hear the words “Virginia Tech.” But while I felt so angry that one twisted individual could inflict such pain, I was blown away by the kindness of a community, a state, a conference, a nation, a world. And through reading hundreds and hundreds of comments from people around the globe, I realized that what will be remembered is the strength of our family.
And I have never felt more proud to be a Hokie.
In the words of poet Nikki Giovanni
“We are the Hokies. We will prevail, we will prevail, we will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.”
Remembering the 32 who went before us one year ago this day.