Every year April 16 brings back a range of emotions – terror, sadness, and worry…and hope, love, and support. In remembrance of the 32 Hokies we lost 7 years ago today, I thought I’d do something a little different. It involves pennies. 32 of them, to be exact.
I wanted to do something small today to pass on the love, support, and spirit of Virginia Tech. I went through a range of ideas, my favorite being 32 random acts of kindness, but I knew I wouldn’t have the time for that in a normal work day. Last night, it finally hit me. Pennies are good luck, right? I’ve always picked up the heads up ones. I turn over the tails up ones for someone else to find. They’re a small thing, but doesn’t it brighten your day when you find a lucky penny?
So that’s what I’ll be doing today – 32 pennies for 32 Hokies. I’ll be wearing orange and maroon all day, and I’ll be leaving heads up pennies in random places throughout my day for others to find. Look for them on my instagram, or at the hashtag or #32for32.
“Do not let the deaths of these 32 victims be in vain. Look into your hearts and see what it teaches you, and how you may be better because of what we have gone through. And know that when the bodies are in the earth, when the media has left, when others have moved on and life resumes its course, that for us, there is only one emotion left: Love. Love for this university, love for the people who died on April 16th, 2007, and love for those who are left behind.” ~William Neal Stewart, ’87 (via TechSideline.com)