Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004
Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153


Memorial service honoring crash victims is Sunday afternoon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Student Government Association will honor the victims of a plane crash 34 years ago that killed 75 people, including 37 members of the Thundering Herd football team, in a memorial service Sunday, Nov. 14, on the Memorial Student plaza.

The annual service begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. The SGA conducts the service each year on Nov. 14, no matter what day of the week it falls. Speakers include Marshall football Coach Bobby Pruett, Courtney Proctor-Cross, SGA President Jenn Gaston, Vice President Chris Hickok, and The Herald-Dispatch sports writer David Walsh. 

Proctor-Cross lost her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Proctor, in the crash. Walsh was a freshman on the Thundering Herd in 1970, the year of the crash.

“This service is so important,” SGA President Jenn Gaston said. “Out of respect to the victims and their families, and the Marshall and Huntington communities, we will always hold it on the 14th. We know that many of the families still mourn the tragic loss of their loved ones nearly three-and-a-half decades later, and can only imagine the pain they have suffered. We need to pause and publicly remember the victims and their families each year on November 14th. ”

The crash of a DC-9 jetliner, which was carrying the 37 players, 21 supporters, seven university staff members, five coaches and five crew members, occurred near Tri-State Airport as the team returned from Greenville, N.C. Marshall had lost to East Carolina University earlier in the day.

The traditional laying of the wreath will take place near the end of the service at the Memorial Fountain, which then will be silenced until next spring. A reception will follow in the Memorial Student Center.