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har_humphries13 I am so incredibly honored to have been awarded the Emily Jane Hilscher Memorial scholarship from the Hogs4Hokies organization. I am so humbled to have met some amazing people who have some the biggest hearts and truly live for the 32 victims. #hogs4hokies #livefor32 #neVerforgeT 4w

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tiu_gepriley While exercising can be a reward in itself, doing it with a meaningful challenge in mind makes it all the more worthwhile. #livefor32 #virginiatech #hokiepride #fitbit #fitbitflex #tiuteam @matchup_io 1mon

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jodi_duby Sometimes when I don't know what my next move is, I imagine myself in Blacksburg, and picture how I would get unstuck if I were there. Today I ended up here, the closest thing to Henderson Lawn in my Portland hood.

It's been seven years since I left that place, nine since 32 Hokies left us too soon. It's still the last place that felt like home, and it feels especially close this time of year. #livefor32 #neVerforgeT #hokiefamily #utprosim
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maveryp I wouldnt take a single day back I spent in Blacksburg #bestschoolever #livefor32 #neVerforgeT #graduationday99 #missmymema #family #hokienation 1mon

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whitneyamore 3.2k for 32. April 16th. 9 year anniversary. neVer forgeT. #livefor32 #april16th #virginiatech 1mon

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tktraverse I never know what to write when this anniversary arrives. The weeks before, after and the day of are always fraught. I can't help but feel shocked, angry and just so sad about all those young lives that were taken far too soon. Sometimes 4/16 feels like yesterday. And sometimes it feels like six lifetimes ago. But with all the mixed emotions that inevitably arise on this day, one thing has always been a source of comfort through the years: seeing all the tributes that flood my feed.

I'm glad to see that we haven't forgotten. I'm glad to see the stories, photos, and remembrance runs in honor of the fallen. It doesn't take away the pain, but it does make it a little more bearable. Today, I tried to savor each and every moment just a little more. I held my dogs a little tighter. I closed my eyes and really felt the wind and sun on my skin when I took them for a walk. I made sure to enjoy every last bite of a colossal mint chocolate chip cupcake and the fish tacos I ate before that. I went to this spot-one of the most gorgeous, peaceful spots in all of Phoenix--as I watched the sunset and thought about everyone who tragically died on campus nine years ago today. I hope you did something gorgeous today too. I honestly do. #livefor32 #remembrance #vt
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acbrown92 I can honestly say coming to Virginia Tech was probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Virginia Tech is forever my home and my family. neVer forgeT: 4.16.07

While 32 of our friends and classmates are in Heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is, I stand here sure of the fact that I wouldn't want to be anything else.
We are Virginia Tech. We will prevail.
#livefor32 #3.2for32 #neVerforgeT #vt #virginiatech #hokies 📸 cred: @angranalli 🏻
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mschickvt "And while 32 of our friends and classmates are in Heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is, I stand here sure in the fact that I wouldn't want to be anything else." #livefor32 #neVerforgeT #hokiepride #hokiealum @vt_alumni 1mon

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jbenzvt NeVer forgeT 4.16.07 Live for 32 #hokiestrong #livefor32 #utprosim #VT 1mon

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maclementi neVer forgeT. Can't believe it's been 9 years. #livefor32 #vt #hokies 1mon

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shelbsvt18 9 years ago today, the only two places I've called "home" were forever changed. My first home, the small community of Rappahannock County, was devastated by the loss of one of our own, Emily Jane Hilscher, a young girl with an infectious personality and undeniable passion that left an impression on everyone she met. At the same time, my second home, Virginia Tech, was broken and hurting, attempting to make sense of the senseless loss of 32 members of our family. One thing got both of my homes through that tough time in 2007, and that one thing is love. I learned what "love" is 9 years ago and was reminded of what it is again today. "Love" is a community gathering in the wake of a tragedy and showing their support without ever needing to utter a single word. "Love" is 10,300 strangers coming together in silence and in remembrance for 32 members of their family that were taken too soon. "Love" is a school that lives out a life of service and is committed to living for 32. "Love" is the language of Hokies, and I am so thankful to be reminded of that each and every day. If I have learned anything in my time here at Virginia Tech, it's just how precious every single second of the day is, and how important it is to share our love with the world. I can only hope to be half the Hokie that our 32 fallen friends were. They have taught me more about what it means to be a Hokie than anyone I've ever met. I'm so unbelievably grateful to go to a school that gives me so many opportunities to live for our 32 angels and to be a part of the strongest, most supportive, most resilient, most loving, most compassionate community. "Love" is being a Hokie and I was so comforted by that love today. "While 32 of our friends and classmates are in Heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is, I stand here sure in the fact that I wouldn't want to be anything else." Sending my love from Blacksburg to Rappahannock and back, and feeling extra thankful for Virginia Tech today #livefor32 1mon

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smiiiley_k Killin' it today! This is what a night of dancing, followed by a morning 5k and an afternoon hike look like!! My @polarglobal #polara360 just didn't know what to do with itself. Hahaha it reminded me three times that I had reached my goal. Living life to the fullest today #livinglife #fitfam #bbg #bbggirls #bbgfam #bbgcommunity #bbggradstudent #kaylaitsines #kaylasarmy #TOTS #livefor32 #neVerforgeT #lanestadium 1mon

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vtsarahthomas spent the day with a little Hokie and his awesome mom @brittclev #hokies #livefor32 1mon

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rebeccaestewart I miss Virginia Tech everyday, but today even more. Grateful to be a Hokie.
"I ask each of you to take the time to be a Hokie this week. Appreciate life a little more, take in every moment around you, count your blessings, tell the people around you that you love them, slow down, remember what's truly important in life. And live for those 32 that do not have that chance anymore." #neVerforgeT #livefor32 #VirginiaTech
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  •   kmont22 So beautiful. I never knew Reema but she changed my life in such an amazing way. I read an article about her and 4.16 in a dance magazine and read about CDE. She is the reason I auditioned and have some of the best friends I could hope for.... You included! 1mon

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grantpearrell 9 years ago we were stuck by tragedy. Never once did I waiver in my desire to go to VT. Tragedy brings out different things in different places. For me, it showed that Virginia Tech was more than just a school... It showed it was more than just a community. #HokieNation is a family, and words could never describe how proud I am to be a part of it. Today, and everyday, #LiveFor32. #neVerforgeT 1mon

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amybenj84 This day, a little more than all the others, is a day for taking an extra moment to be grateful for life's simple pleasures: sleeping with the windows open, pancakes, uncrowded hikes, puppy sleepovers, family dinners, laughs. I am surrounded by the greatest, and I'm so grateful. #livefor32 #hokies #kappakappagamma 1mon
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  •   stanbridgejchris We're very similar! Funny that out of EVERYONE else on here I found your page. Lets stay connected! 1mon
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