48th Annual Marshall Memorial Fountain Ceremony

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Each November 14th, the community stands silent as the Marshall University Memorial Fountain is turned off. 

It is done in remembrance of the 1975 Thundering Herd players, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew that died in what is said to be the worst sports-related air-tragedy in US history.

This is the 48th year people have gathered to honor the lives of those lost in southern airway flight 932. 

Leslie Deese Garvis, today’s keynote speaker, never got to know her father, Danny Deese, because he was the charter coordinator Southern Airways flight 932 and he never made it home that night.

Garvis says it is her life’s mission to make sure they are never forgotten. 

One of the other ways they are not forgotten is of course with the fountain.

It stands 13 feet high and weighs 6500 pounds and was designed by Harry Bertoia as a continuation of life.

It was dedicated two years after the plane crash in 1972 by then Marshall President John G Barker. 

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