We Are Virginia Tech

We Are Virginia Tech.

We Are Virginia Tech

Yes, I was there for the shooting. No, I was not on campus. No, I did not know anyone who was killed. Yes, it was quite terrifying. But seeing that community rally around each other was beyond inspiring. In the hours, days, and months after that day, Blacksburg has become a stronger place in spite of that tragedy. I think it culminated in the fall with our first home football game of the season. It was one of the most emotional experiences I’ve ever been a part of. It was truly inspiring.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today and we will be sad for quite awhile.

We are NOT moving on. We are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall, tearlessly. We are brave enough to bend to cry and sad enough to know we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do NOT understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS; neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by a rogue army; neither does the baby elephant watching his community be devastated for ivory; neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water; neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib, in the home his father built with his own hands, being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail. We WILL prevail. WE WILL PREVAIL!

We ARE … Virginia Tech

-Nikki Giovanni

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3 thoughts on “We Are Virginia Tech

  1. I can’t believe it has been two years…when I think about that day, the wounds are still so fresh. Yet, I must say, I so proud of Virginia Tech, so proud of the Hokies and so proud of the Blacksburg community (my hometown) for responding – and continuing to respond – in such a strong and powerful way. Inspirational, indeed.

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