What does April 16th mean to you? To me, exactly one year ago: April 16th, 2007, my life completely changed, not because I moved 600 miles away from my parents, not because I was living on my own, not because I was going to college. One year ago, I witnessed something that I wish I never had to, something that I hope to never have to live through again. One year ago, I witnessed the shootings at Virginia Tech. It's weird how feelings that I thought I didn't have anymore are still there, deep down inside of me. I don't think they will ever leave. It's something that I'm going to carry around with me for the rest of my life. This is really the first time that I saw what happens when one man plays the role of death: choosing which lives he wants to take with the pull of a trigger. 32 of my fellow Hokies lost their lives prematurely last year, and I hope that each one of those 32 will exist within me for the rest of my life. I sit here and write this to you, because it needed to be said. I feel that loss is something that each and every one of us can relate with, and I know that I'm not the only one that feels this way about losing someone you care about. I am a Hokie, and I always will be a Hokie for the rest of my life, and then some. Thank you for listening.