Walk on Campus

April 19, 2007 at 1:12 am 4 comments

This evening, Larry, Mike E and I took a somber walk around campus. Below are some pictures from our walk.

Sentiments From Other Schools
I continue to be overwhelmed by the responses we see from around the world. A couple signs on the Drillfield originated from other schools.

NYU Stands With You

From Auburn University

Marquee Messages
In my journals following September 11th, I noted how the local businesses displayed messages in their marquees. This incident provoked a similiar response.

The Lyric, our theatre which originally opened in 1930

The Comfort Inn in Christiansburg quotes Nikki Giovanni

A Child’s Note
People had placed flowers next to the West Ambler Johnston (my dorm of two years) sign.

Flowers at West Ambler Johnston

A child had placed a note there as well. From what I could tell it read:

I [am] sorry for wh[at] haped. I hop there [is no] more bad g[?]eas at VT. I hoap it wilt never haped a gine

At such a young age, this child is already reaching out and communicating his/her personal disappointments and sorrows. If Cho Seung-Hui had mastered similiar skills, perhaps his turmoil would not have reached the point it did.

Child’s Note

Hokie Stone
On the Drillfield in front of Burruss, 32 blocks of Hokie Stones were placed in an arc. Each stone represented a life cut short and each stone had a VT flag and flowers respectfully placed upon it.

One of the memorial Hokie Stones on the Drillfield

Three of the stones with flowers and Burruss in the background

Drillfield Trees
A tree is planted on the Drillfield for each graduating class of Virginia Tech. Today, maroon, orange and/or black ribbons were tied around each tree. This particular tree was near the War Memorial. You can see the VT President Bush and Governor Kaine signed in the background.

Maroon, orange and black ribbons on a Drillfield tree.

Drillfield, War Memorial and Squires
Multiple memorials were present all around campus, particularly the Drillfield and our War Memorial.

Maroon and orange wreath at the War Memorial. You can see visitors to the Drillfield in the background.

A make-shift memorial (the VT was originally crafted by students for the Miami game). In front are white candles for each of the deaths and red candles for each of the injured. In the background, a blooming tree indicates it’s spring (a period typically associated with new life, not what was brought our way).

A Sign Hangs Above Squires Student Center

Signatures and flowers on the Drillfield

A teddy bear on the War Memorial with a shirt that reads, “Somebody in Blacksburg Loves You”

I have a few more pictures of our campus visit on my Flickr site. There are also some wonderful shots by others at the Virginia Tech Shooting Flickr group.

Entry filed under: Larry Bowman, Mike E, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Massacre.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  April 21, 2007 at 9:32 am

    I added the Virginia Tech Shooting group to my google reader — it was a good way to look at the images as they came out.

  • 2. spugbrap  |  April 25, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Wow, seeing that child’s note today evoked the most emotional response I’ve had since first hearing about the horrible incident. It was nice to see the messages from people at other schools, the signs at local businesses, etc., but I’m having to hold back tears even as I write this comment, because of that one child’s note.

  • 3. tgaw  |  April 25, 2007 at 9:55 am

    @spugbrap – Yeah, that really got to me too. I’m in Kansas right now. After we arrived and were driving from Wichita airport, we passed a sign at a local university:

    “Praying for you, Virginia Tech”

    It was amazing to see this sentiment so far away from home. Very touching.

  • 4. A Google Alert Success « TGAW  |  May 6, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    […] this week, I got my first interesting alert.  One of my photographs from my walk on the Virginia Tech campus was used in the April 25, 2007 issue of The Saint, a school newspaper for Aquinas College in […]


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