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Ferris to Host Memorial Service for Virginia Tech Victims

BIG RAPIDS -- Ferris State University will have a memorial service for the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech on Thursday, April 19, beginning at 11 a.m. at the southern edge of the University quad near Clark Hall.

Minister and Ferris Alumnae La Mira King will open the ceremony with welcoming comments, prayer and introduction of Ferris President David Eisler, who will also make remarks.

Other speakers at the event include Ferris Department of Public Safety Director Martin Bledsoe; Birkham Health and Counseling Center Director Paul Sullivan; and Student Government representatives Libby Schmidt and Carnel Richardson.

Also, students will recite the victims’ names and there will be a moment of silence followed by the tolling of the carillon bells.

There will be a banner that those in attendance can sign to express their condolences. After the service, the banner will be sent to Virginia Tech as a sign of support.

Ferris students, faculty, staff and community members are all invited to attend.