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  •  Strip Away Big D-9 Dozer (4+ / 0-)
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    Coming for to bury my home
    Strip Away, Big D-9 Dozer
    Coming for to bury my home.

    Thank you for your diary.  As a former Marshall student, and an activist against the coal mining corporations since the early 70's (I was there the night the plane crashed), I can tell you this is the long, sad story of West Virginia.  This state was bought and sold by the coal companies years ago.  Manchin's daddy was a coal company lackey, and his son has followed in those steps.

    Marshall, however, will still kick butt against the WVU Mountaineers, whoever sponsors the game!

    •  The link to the Chicago Tribune story... (1+ / 0-)
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      always makes me cry.  That is some fine writing.  I connected her with the Pulitzer award immediately.  It is the most honest portrait of a grieving community, and how long it takes to get over something like this happening in your community.  These young people and team supporters left a hole in the community's fabric that is still felt.  My colleagues who were here teaching then still talk about it with amazing grief.

      I asked one once, shouldn't they be over it by now.  He said, we will never be over it.  And the longer I am here, the more I know that it is true.  You are never over something like this if it happens.

      Imagine those little towns in upstate NY and Ohio who lost a large number in their National Guard troop.  They will not recover quickly.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 04:43:54 AM PDT

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      •  We Will Never Forget (3+ / 0-)
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        Because of just what you said - we will never get over it.  Everyone in the community was touched.  My godparents were on the plane, the parents of one of my friends from junior high on up, Happy and Elaine Heath, perished.  Michael Prestera, a Democratic legislator - gone.  18 fraternity brothers.  I had to leave because of the grief and transferred to Georgetown, thanks to Father Scott.

        It has colored that town and university from that faithful day, and nothing, nothing, can change that.  

        The tears continue.  I just watched the "We Are Marshall" video on YouTube, and my eyes have been filled.

        I miss those guys!

        •  I really have come to understand more.... (0+ / 0-)

          about the courage you need to live through tragedy.  I am so sympathetic.  My son goest to high school with children who lost their gradparents on the flight.  I haven't seen the video on You Tube though.  Here is that link.  My colleague knows the singer and gave me the link.  

          For those who don't know it, the cheer is two sided-one side yells:  We are: and the other replies: Marshall.  ITs on the video.  And it is the crazy "get it done" attitude that says we will try even when we don't have enough or any reason to expect to succeed.  An optimistic spirit wanting to make things better.  Its not just the football, its overcoming the tragedy to become world class in something.

          The film will end with the real people who are portrayed in the film by actors at a ceremony at  the memorial fountain- which is turned off every year in a ceremony on the day of the crash.  I really hope they do the story justice- because we all need a happier ending for such a tragedy.

          There are some world class graduates of this little school, including Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonny Thompson who work on global warming and the melting glaciers.

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 01:45:31 PM PDT

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