Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Virginia Polytechnic Institute. "We will prevail." Virginia Tech Convocation, Professor Nikki Giovanni. YouTube.com © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert Today, the thirty-three fatalities are memorialized. It will not be the first time we honor the passing of these glorious souls; nor will it be the last. The entire world mourns with the Hokies, their families, friends, and all those touched by the loss of lives. Cyberspace communities have come together. Dedicated boards are offered so that each of us might write a word of remembrance. I present an opportunity to connect with those that we love, who sacrificed their human souls so that we might live and learn. In their honor. Massacre at Virginia Tech. Cable News Network. Remembering the victims. Roanoke Times. A week has passed since the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus was ravaged. However, students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alum maintain, they were not destroyed. They are, nevertheless, devastated. Students received much support from people throughout the nation.Throughout the week, students who have remained in Blacksburg have found support in a variety of places on campus and in the larger community, as local vendors and schools from across the country have shown their support in many different ways. On Tuesday, at the convocation, President Bush, along with Gov. Tim Kaine, Vice President for student affairs Zenobia Hikes, and distinguished professor Nikki Giovanni, spoke to the crowd that filled Cassell Coliseum, and flowed over into Lane Stadium. Bush encouraged the community of mourners by stressing “normalcy” in the community. He added, “Such a day will come.” The largest response from the crowd came after Giovanni spoke and performed a dramatic reading. Her poem reminded the crowd that tragedy strikes everyone. After ending with “We are Virginia Tech,” the crowd began a series of cheers, shouting, “Let’s go Hokies.”The esteemed Professor enthralled and...
Tillman, Lynch Testimony. Congressional Committee Told of Tall Tales Hearing on Tillman, Lynch Incidents: Jessica Lynch's Opening © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert He cried as he read his prepared text. As I watched and listened, I too felt the tears flow. Kevin Tillman, brother of slain serviceman and famous National Football League player, Pat Tillman is among many concerned citizens and soldiers speaking in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, April 24, 2007. Army Private, Jessica Lynch expresses her bewilderment. Miss Lynch inquired as she referred to her esteemed prominence. She stated, "However, I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and tried to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were, in fact, legendary." The Committee conferred and listened to the testimony. Pat Tillman, a noble man took to the battlefields to protect his country. He left behind a lucrative career, fame, and inevitable fortune. Believing the President, we must protect our shores, Tillman enlisted in the United States Army in 2002. His life was taken in April 2004. Allied forces shot the soldier. However, that was not the story initially told. His family and an anxious media received misinformation, propaganda, and party line rhetoric before the real facts were shared. Perhaps, had their not been witnesses, we, the people would never know what truly occurred. Jessica Lynch also shared her saga on this day. Lynch, an Army private in 2003, was badly injured when her convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Miss Lynch was hospitalized in an Iraqi infirmary. Anon, American forces rescued her. The tale of her ambush was told to citizens at home. However, the scenario as presented to the American public was not what occurred. The anecdote was changed so that this young, bright, beautiful soldier would be among...

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