BLACKSBURG, Va. – Thousands of people assembled on Virginia Tech’s Drill field on Saturday to form a giant, human thank you card to the world for its support after the April 16 massacre.
Dressed in the school colors of maroon and orange, the crowd was arranged to form Tech’s "VT" logo, and under it, "THANKS YOU." A satellite aimed to capture the image as the thousands waved up at the sky.
"Were very pleased with how it went," said Peter Sforza, geography department faculty member and coordinator of the event.
However, he said organizers won’t know until Monday whether the satellite photo worked out.
"During the satellite overpass window, we had about 50 percent clouds at that moment. It’s a hit or miss thing," he said.
They hope to post the satellite image on the Internet.
The event drew students, faculty, staff and college friends who wanted to express thanks for the outpouring of support following the shooting rampage that took the lives of 32 students and faculty plus the gunman.
Among the participants was Mary Doss of Mechanicsville, a 19-year football season-ticket holder. "Its a family thing," she said.
The gathering took place before the Tech-Miami football game, which the Hokies won 44-14.