Marshall coach Mark Snyder has said before that his memories of Nov. 14, 1970, are a bit hazy. After all, he was only 5 years old at the time.

That doesn’t mean the significance of that night’s tragic plane crash that killed 75 Marshall football players, coaches, supporters and flight crew is lost on the Ironton, Ohio, native.

“This community believed that (it could move forward despite the odds) and kept football going,” Snyder said Tuesday in his weekly press conference. “That gave me a place to go, old Fairfield Stadium, as a small child to come and watch guys like Reg (former quarterback Reggie Oliver) and (former assistant coach) Red (Dawson) and those who followed.”

On Tuesday, Marshall commemorated the 36th anniversary of the disaster with a ceremony that included the annual shutting off of the fountain at the Memorial Student Center. Dawson, an assistant coach in 1970 who did not make the fateful trip back to Huntington from East Carolina that day, spoke at the ceremony.

Also present was McG, the director of the upcoming movie “We Are Marshall” that depicts the rebuilding of not just the football program but the Huntington community after the crash.

The movie that began filming in April will officially hit theaters Friday, Dec. 22, with a Huntington premiere set for Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The College Football Hall of Fame held an advance screening of the movie Tuesday. In attendance were Jack Lengyel, coach of the Young Thundering Herd in 1971, and his wife, Sandy, as well as Frank Loria Jr., whose father Frank Loria was among those killed in the crash.

Also in attendance at the South Bend, Ind., screening were Marshall President Stephen Kopp, McG, film producer Basil Iwanyk and actress Kate Mara.

Snyder is happy the film will tell the story of the perseverance of all involved.

“The beautiful thing is now that ... our heritage is going on the big screen for the whole world to see,” he said.

“There are lot of hall of fame banquets going on around Huntington and our university right now, but as we remember those who we lost in that plane crash, remember this — they are in the most important hall of fame today, God’s hall of fame.”

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