While there are many stories of heroism that day, the person who sticks out in my mind is Professor Liviu Lebrescu.
Another story of heroism comes from the second victim of the day: Ryan "Stack" Clark.
There are 30 more wonderful individuals who died that day. Here is a link to Virginia Tech's Remembrance page if you'd like to read more about each of those individuals
The next people I'd like to talk about brought good to the community after the tragedy. Their acts shouldn't go unnoticed, either.
In the evening of April 16th, a group of people (I believe it was our SGA) went out to find 32 pieces of Hokie Stone (the rocks that make up the building on campus) and laid them out in front of the main building in our campus. Each stone was dedicated to a person who lost their life that day.
|The stones are behind the American flags, under all the flowers|
|The Memorial Dedication Ceremony|
I think that Nikki Giovanni's poem can also be applied to the Boston community dealing with their own tragedy. It may take a while for them to feel this way, but they will prevail! I know from experience that there is good that can come from a tragedy.
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
God didn't promise us a smooth ride through life. Our world is certainly not perfect. But, when something goes wrong in our world, there is good that will come of it because God has overcome the world. There are people in this world that will always think of others first and do everything in their power to help others. It happened at Virginia Tech, and it happened yesterday in Boston. It's easy to get bogged down in all of the evil, but isn't the good so much better to focus on?
I hope I shed some light on some of the good that came from the Virginia Tech tragedy. I hope that, as our country deals with another tragic event, we can focus on the people who are the heros in Boston rather than the ones who brought about the tragedy.
(If you have other questions for me about my personal experience at VT, I'd be happy to answer them. You can leave them in the comments or send me an e-mail and I will respond. I wanted my post to be about the good in this tragedy rather than what I went through.)