Thursday, July 14, 2011

Marshall University

On the 4th of July, Ross and I left our friends and family in Ohio behind, and headed back to West Virginia.

We stopped in Huntington before heading to our summer apartment to visit with an old college roommate of Ross's and his girlfriend.

His friend works in the athletic facility at Marshall University. We had planned to stopping to see them at some point in the summer, but I also wanted to see the Marshall memorial dedicated the those who lost their lives in a plane crash many years ago. Almost the entire football team was on board, as well as many other important members of the team and the town. It was a devastating incident, and We are Marshall, the movie was created in honor of those people.

Five players were unable to be identified after the crash,
so the teammates were buried here together under
unmarked graves. The five stones on the ground here in 
grass are their final resting places.
This is what the middle stone says.

Ever since I saw the movie and cried my eyes out, I wanted to see the fountain which is dedicated to those who lost their life that day, and is turned off on that day once a year for a moment of silence for them.

After seeing the fountain, Ross and met up with his friend and got a tour of the campus. 

This is a view of the campus from the fountain.

First we were shown their amazing indoor pool.

Checking out the potential for a sunbathing area connected to the pool.

Basketball court. The exercise area is three stories as you
can see from behind the court.
This was taken from up on the track.

After the tour we went out to eat at a popular little place around the corner from the school. They had some great food!

We really enjoyed visiting Huntington, and I hope we can go back before the summer is over! It's so nice to hang out with people our age! Huntington was a really nice town too!

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