We Will Never Forget…

50th Anniversary of the plane crash

On a cool, rainy evening on November 14, 1970, 75 members of the Marshall University community lost their lives in a plane crash in the hills of West Virginia on Southern Airways Flight 932.

On November 14, 2020, the Marshall University community will come together to honor and celebrate those lost in the deadliest sports tragedy in U.S. history with a special ceremony at the 50th Memorial Fountain Ceremony.

This historic event will bring together all facets of the Marshall family as the Memorial Fountain’s water is turned off and 75 white roses are placed on the fountains’ brim remembering the 50th anniversary of the crash that claimed the lives of football players, staff, boosters and flight crew members.

You are cordially invited to join the Marshall University family on November 14, 2020 in Huntington or watch via the livestream as the community hosts a celebration of life with special guest speakers and tributes leading up to the turning off of the fountain’s water. Following the event, the Thundering Herd football team will face Middle Tennessee State in the annual blackout game honoring the crash with special black jerseys and throwback helmets.

Due to the high demand for lodging during this special weekend, guests are encouraged to contact area hotels in advance to assure a room for the event.

Activities and guest speakers have not yet been determined, but check back with HerdAlum.com for a full schedule and additional information surrounding the 50th Memorial Fountain Ceremony.

Schedule of Events