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Carlisle School held a Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday morning for the shootings one year ago at Virginia Tech.

The entire student body gathered around the school’s flagpole that was flying, at half-mast, the U.S. along with the Virginia Tech flag. The ceremony included a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a song by the school’s Madrigal Choir.

Carlisle senior Ned Harm, who will attend Virginia Tech next year, read the poem ‘We Are Virginia Tech’ written and read by Virginia Tech Professor Nikki Giovanni last year at a university student body gathering. 

Dean Johnston, a Virginia Tech supporter and member of the Hokie Club, spoke to the students about having a sense of community just as Virginia Tech students have exhibited.

“As bad as the tragedy was, I was proud to call myself a Hokie that day,” Johnston said. “My inspiration came from the students and the way they rallied around themselves for comfort. Thirty-two students out of 25,000, and no one knew all of them. Some of the students knew none of them, yet 25,000 students became one as they leaned on each other.”

Johnston said he believes that the sense of pride and support the students demonstrated touched everyone’s heart. To honor the memory of the Virginia Tech students, Carlisle students should take away life lessons.

“Live every day to its fullest…be passionate about something…be a good friend,” he told students.

Headmaster Simon Owen-Williams led students in a minute of silence and also asked for a moment of silence at noon on Wednesday. Owen-Williams also read an e-mail letter that Carlisle graduate and Virginia Tech sophomore Billy Bason sent to school officials, students, friends and family.

Bason said, reflecting on the past year, he realizes that it’s very easy for a person to take things for granted.

“I find myself taking time out of every day to look around and appreciate where I am and what I’m able to do on a daily basis,” Bason said. “The time I spend with friends, the time I spend with family, and the time I spend doing the things I love have become much more important to me.”

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Written by stevesheppardphotography

April 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Posted in Carlisle

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