MU memorial ceremony Wednesday
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University and the Huntington community will once again pause to remember the 75 victims killed in the 1970 plane crash that occurred while returning from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
The memorial ceremony will take place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Fountain outside the Memorial Student Center on campus. Mo Lajterman, the brother of crash victim Marcelo Lajterman, is speaking at this year's memorial service.
The crash occurred at about 7:47 p.m. Nov. 14, 1970, when the DC-9 jetliner clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down. Victims included 36 Marshall football players, nine coaches and administrators, 25 fans and the crew of five.
The University Chorus also will perform a special piece called "The Fountain," composed by Evan Mack for the 2012 memorial service. Mack is a pianist and member of the faculties of Skidmore College and the College of St. Rose, and was an artist-in-residence at Marshall in 2009, giving master classes and concerts.
The Student Government Association continues to organize the ceremony.