It’s simple. It’s subtle. It’s moving. It’s how Marshall University pays tribute to the 1970 football team every year.

On the anniversary of the plane crash, November 14, the university shuts off the fountain dedicated to them.

It’s not turned on again until student’s first day back from Spring Break, according to the University’s communications office.

In 1970, most of the Thundering Herd football team was killed in an airplane crash outside of Huntington returning from a game in North Carolina.

The university dedicated the fountain on campus to them in 1972. The university says the fountain’s sculptor hoped it would “commemorate the living – rather than death – on the waters of life, rising, receding, surging so as to express upward growth, immortality and eternality.”

This year’s commemoration will start at noon at the fountain on the Marshall University campus.

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