Matt La Porte, 20, was killed in the nationís deadliest massacre, a shooting rampage at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., that left 32 dead before the gunman killed himself April 16, 2007.
Matt was awarded the Airman's Medal on April 9, 2015 Click Here to Read Articles and View Photos
Matt's name has been placed in the Carson Long Gold Star Platoon.
Funeral Services, April 25, 11 AM
Rev. James Arsenault presided and was assisted by a number of priests and seminarians
from the Richmond Diocese. 50 VA Tech cadets were in attendance along with many Tech faculty
and staff, to include Dr. Charles W. Steger, VA Tech president. Also in attendance were
Don Byrne '62, Charlie Barr '62, Dom D'Agostino '53, Steve Neal '52 and their wives,
Maj Morgan and Lt Hallman along with cadets representing Carson Long and a
number of Matt's classmates and roommate.
Viewing Tuesday, April 24, 7 - 9 PM
Memorial Mass Monday, April 23, 10 AM
Fr Jim Bouffard will preside at the Memorial Mass. There will be as many as 8 priests at the Mass.
The Arch Bishop was at the Vatican and made the Pope aware of Matt. Two Diocesan Auxilary Bishops will
also attend the funeral.
Wake Service Sunday, April 22, 7 - 9 PM
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, April 20 at 3:05
From His Senior Page"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?... I know not what course others may take, but as for me - give me liberty or give me death!"
It seems a millennium has passed since I first stepped through the gates of Carson Long. Indeed, in September, 1999, a troubled boy found himself here, thinking his parents should have given him a second chance. He thought he wouldn't make it here, but he was stuck; so, he had to make the best of the situation. He began to make friends--real friends. He started to make promotions. He learned how to be responsible for himself and eventually, also for others. He even improved his average. He felt himself changing. He wondered if Carson Long was his second chance. He changed so much, that I am not quite sure if that boy and I are the same person. Now, I know that Carson Long was my second chance, and nothing could make me more proud than to be standing here today, at the end of this experience-this journey on which most don't even dare to embark. I'm ever thankful. I've made it.
All members of the Highty Tighties (VA Tech Regimental Drum Corps) signed the inside of Matt's drum
and retired it. It will be placed in the Regimental Museum. Click on image below to see enlarged picture.
Flag Over Camp Patriot
1LT Michael Beggs '90 emailed us with the following.
Flag Over Baghdad and Carson Long
CPT Fritz Beck '00, flew a flag in his helicopter over Baghdad for Matt.
More pictures, provided by Nikki Morgan, can be viewed at This Site
Password to enter the site is miceandmen
The cased flag along with framed certificates will be given to Mr. and Mrs La Porte.
Orange & Maroon Effect Friday April 20th
Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th. an "Orange and Maroon Effect" day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends. "Orange and Maroon Effect" was born several years ago as an invitation to Tech fans to wear orange and maroon to Virginia Tech athletic events. We invite everyone from all over the country to be a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday, to wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost, and to support the school and community we all love so much.