Hokies Thank the World

The Hokies Thank the World event was a community-wide effort to thank the world by forming a message of thanks on the Drillfield. The Saturday, November 17, event attracted thousands to spell out a message of thanks to the world for the global outpouring of support for the Virginia Tech community following the events of April 16.

Members of the Virginia Tech community outline the phrase “VT THANKS YOU” as part of the “Hokies Thank the World” event on the Virginia Tech Drillfield in Blacksburg Va. Saturday November 17 2007. The thank you message to the world is for the global outpouring of support for the Virginia Tech community following the shooting tragedy of April 16.

The event, coordinated by Peter Sforza of Virginia Tech’s Geography Department in the College of Natural Resources, was captured via ground, aerial, and satellite imagery. Images from the event were aired in Lane Stadium during the Virginia Tech-Miami football game.

Google Earth Instructions

  • Download the Google Earth KMZ file (right-click, then select “save as..”)
  • Download Google Earth (free) if you don’t already have on your machine.
  • Open the KMZ file (created by Thomas Dickerson, Jason Shelton, and Jason Herman.)

Picture Gallery Below Thumbnails To Enlarge:


Aerial photo by Matt Gentry


Ground photo by Ivan Morozov


Photo from Burruss Hall


Helicopter photo by Michael Kiernan

Video: Click Play Courtesy of Roanoke.com

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