Today, April 16, 2016, is the ninth anniversary of the Virginia Tech rampage. Despite the warning signs 32 people were killed, and another 17 were wounded on the Blacksburg campus.
It is easy to be angry about those events. What is hard is to move forward, finding solutions and commonality in our quest to be good stewards for the legacy of Ross A. Alameddine, Christopher James Bishop, Brian R. Bluhm, Ryan Christopher Clark, Austin Michelle Cloyd, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, Kevin Pl Granata, Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, Caitlin Millar Hammaren, Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, Rachel Elizabeth Hll, Emily Jane Hilscher, Jarett 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.
How will they be remembered on the next anniversary, or the one thereafter? As shining lights for what has passed, or as light keepers who guided our way to positive approaches to help insure the safety of our children?
That isn’t up to them.
It is up to us.