The year 2013 marked the 43rd anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of 75 members of the Marshall University football team, coaches, staff, community members, and crew. As it has done every year since the tragedy, Marshall’s Student Government Association conducted a memorial service at noon Thursday, Nov. 14, on the Memorial Student Center plaza in front of the fountain.

As is traditional, the water in the fountain was stopped during the service, to remain silent until spring.

Please use this page as a starting point to learn more about this important and tragic part of the history of Marshall University.


View 2013 Memorial Service Program in PDF (View Photo Gallery) (View video story)
View 2012 Memorial Service Program in PDF (View video highlights of the ceremony.)
View 2011 Memorial Service Program in PDF
View 2010 Memorial Service Program in PDF
View 2009 Memorial Service Program in PDF


Fountain Rededication in 2008

On April 9, 2008, the memorial fountain was rededicated following repair and renovation. Gov. Joe Manchin III, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, surviving family representative Michele Prestera Craig and others spoke during the ceremony, which concluded with the turning on of the fountain for the summer. The fountain is silenced each Nov. 14 during the annual memorial service honoring the victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash.

During the period January-March 2008, the fountain and its foundation received extensive repairs. Most noticeable is the new granite surface, both inside and out, of the foundation; a copper catch tray for the water to flow into from the fountain; and a higher spray of water, similar to the original output when the fountain was installed in 1972.


Archive Video of Fountain Dedication in 1972

University Libraries’ Virtual Museum Exhibit

Articles/Pictures About the Plane Crash

Movie, “We Are Marshall”

The 2006 Warner Bros. picture, “We Are Marshall,” told the story of the plane crash and especially the efforts to continue the football program after the crash. Visit the Marshall University website for the movie.


2008 Memorial Service

2007 Memorial Service

2006 Memorial Service

2005 Memorial Service