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Students attend the annual memorial service honoring the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the Memorial Student Center Plaza on the campus of Marshall University.

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University community came together Monday, Nov. 14, to remember the 75 victims of the 1970 plane crash.

The accident killed many members of the Thundering Herd football team, along with coaches, staff, supporters and the plane's crew.

Each year, on the anniversary, a memorial service is held next to the Memorial Fountain outside the Memorial Student Center. This year's ceremony included a speech from Rick Meckstroth, a Huntington businessman who was a member of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd team.

He was joined by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Marshall President Stephen Kopp, Head Football Coach Doc Holliday, Athletic Director Mike Hamrick, Alumni Association President Mickey Jackson and Student Body President Ray Harrell in addressing the crowd on a warm, blustery Monday morning, before the yearly tradition of shutting off the fountain for the winter and laying 75 white roses there to honor those lost.

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