We WILL Prevail!


We WILL Prevail!



There is a loss for words when one ponders on the "Virginia Tech Massacre." We cannot possibly understand why things like this happen. We cannot understand why anyone would ever want to hurt another person, let alone take a life. There are no easy answers. However, I do believe that there is hope if we keep believing and sharing compassion each and every single day that we are blessed with here, in this life.

Friday, April 20, when people all over the world wore two normally clashing colors, maroon and orange, the spirits of those draped in these colors were doing anything but clashing, they were united. More than sharing a similarity of color choice for clothing, people were sharing
emotions, concerns, and compassion.

My heart, as millions of others, goes out to everyone left without a sister, brother, mother, father or friend. My heart goes out to those who were injured and those who were left with a horrible since of fear. My heart also cries with everyone impacted by this sad, horrendous occurrence.

Our community has been forever changed by a senseless act of violence. The people here have suffered and will continue to suffer for some time.

But, as Nikki Giovanni said in her Convocation address, "We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning. 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 imaginations and the possibilities.

We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech."

Hug someone, because for some reason today, it feels just a little bit better.

Nick Flaherty
Blacksburg, VA


Nicholas Flaherty




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Nicholas Flaherty, “We WILL Prevail!,” The April 16 Archive, accessed July 18, 2024, https://april16archive.org/items/show/40.