Wednesday, April 18, 2007



Laura and I have come to Blacksburg today with hearts full of sorrow. This is a day of mourning for the Virginia Tech community -- and it is a day of sadness for our entire nation.


And soon the day took a dark turn, with students and faculty barricading themselves in classrooms and dormitories -- confused, terrified, and deeply worried. By the end of the morning, it was the worst day of violence on a college campus in American history -- and for many of you here today, it was the worst day of your lives.


And as you draw closer to your own families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who will never come home.


Source - Official Transcript

Where is the mourning for the 3,311 U.S. Soldiers killed in Iraq? What happened at Virgina Tech is tragic. It was needless. It was madness. It deserves recognition as such. But what about the American citizens serving their country who make the ultimate sacrifice to their country - their life? Where are the flags flying at half staff? Where are the Presidential speeches expressing sympathy and mourning?

Aren't our soldiers worth it?


Dogeared said...

They are. Sadly they don't get the recognition.

I really don't think the video and photos that the shooter sent, should have been aired. a) it will give others ideas (he says he was influenced I think by the Columbine shootings) and b) it gieves more attention to him - he WANTED these to be shown. Don't give him (such as you can) the satisfaction.

Elaine said...

Helen, I absolutely agree with all your comments on the VT shooter video. It feeds into his delusion. It gives him further power over these grieving families.