(Taken in part from W&M News)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (December 12, 2011) -- As part of a program marking the 10th anniversary of the events of 911, the William and Mary and Williamsburg communities honored the memory of 1st Lt. Todd Weaver, Class of 2008. William & Mary's ROTC program led a "ruck march" through campus, dressed in battle dress uniform and carrying their gear in a backpack. Members of the community were invited to join them. The march ended near the Wren Building, where members of 1st Lt.Weaver's family unveiled a replica of a plaque made in his memory. The real plaque will be housed at the ROTC building.
Weaver '08, who was killed in action in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, had been a "star in the ROTC program," according to William & Mary President Taylor Reveley. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree from the government department. Weaver put off college to join the military after high school. He served in Iraq before becoming a student at William & Mary.
"We come together tonight to light candles not for the dead, but in celebration of those of you who gave so much that in one short year, a lasting study abroad award has been established and will begin in October to be realized by students in William & Mary to allow them to study abroad," said Donn Weaver, Todd Weaver's father, who shared his appreciation for William & Mary and the Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) for helping establish the First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver Memorial Endowment.
SAAC raised more than $30,000 for the endowment through their "One Tribe. One Family" wristband sales campaign. Overall, more than $50,000 was raised for the endowment, which was established in a resolution adopted by the Board of Visitors last spring. The income received from the endowment will provide study-abroad opportunities for William & Mary students interested in government and international relations.