“Forever in our heart.”
“Wish we could have met one more time.”
“Our thoughts are with families who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
These are just a sampling of the heartfelt messages Cal State Fullerton students, faculty and staff wrote on blue and orange cards during Tuesday’s Titans Remember memorial hosted by President Fram Virjee at the CSUF Quad.
Virjee dedicated a newly planted cork oak tree which will feature a memorial plaque honoring those taken during the pandemic.
“For those of us who lost loved ones, the sting of that tragedy will be especially painful as we approach the holiday season without them,” Virjee said to the more than 100 gathered at the event and a live YouTube audience. “My heart goes out to all of you, but I take solace in knowing that the legacies of those we lost live on through us.”
Today’s event is the second remembrance hosted by Virjee since returning to campus this fall.
“Titans, there is no doubt we have endured a crisis,” Virjee said. “But we have come back stronger, and like this tree, we stand as a testament to the enduring strength of our Titan family.”