Today at noon on the campus of Marshall University, the Marshall community will
memorialize the 75 people lost in the tragic plane crash on this date 43 years ago.
After the placing of a wreath at the Memorial Fountain on campus, the fountain will be turned off until next spring.
Huntington attorney John Proctor, whose mother and father were among the Herd fans flying with the team — and perishing that day — will speak. Many others who lost family and friends and were affected in other ways will be in attendance.
One group will be noticeably absent — the 2013 Thundering Herd football team.
For the first time since the 1970 crash — when a Southern Airways DC9 carrying the football team, its coaching staff and supporters on a chartered return flight from a game at East Carolina University struck the hillside short of a Tri-State Airport runway — the Thundering Herd will play on the road on the anniversary date.
Tonight's televised game at 7:30 p.m. at University of Tulsa was moved up from Saturday at the request of Fox Sports 1.
This gives the Herd a wonderful opportunity that head Coach Doc Holliday is making good use of. The familiar bold M logo on the left side of players' helmets will be replaced with a bold numeral 75 in commemoration of those who died in the crash.