I wrote a blog post last year and just wanted to share an excerpt from it today. Today, I am especially proud to be a Hokie.
On this day, let us remember and honor what we lost; but let's also celebrate in how far we have come and what we have gained. Continue to create opportunities to show the world what it truly means to be a Hokie. Be there for others when they are in need, because so many were there for us when we needed them. Hug your loved ones a little longer, laugh a little louder; celebrate your successes, learn and move on from your defeats.
Continue to find joy in the small things in life.
In honor of this day and every day, simply, continue being a Hokie. Continue living for 32 and neVer forgeTting. Continue saying "Go Hokies" to those you pass by that are wearing orange and maroon. Continue jumping to Enter Sandman as it randomly plays at a bar, restaurant, or the radio. Continue giving a 'thumbs up' or waving to the people in the car who are sporting the Virginia Tech decals or VT license plates. When someone asks you what a Hokie is, continue to respond "I Am." Continue giving high fives after touchdowns to every single person around you in Lane Stadium. And always continuing coming back Home after you leave. This is Home, and We Are Virginia Tech.