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Former Football Player To Speak At Annual Memorial Service

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former Marshall University football player whose teammates died in a plane crash will be the featured speaker at this year’s memorial service.

The school says Dennis Foley, who wasn’t on the flight due to an injury, will speak Monday at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

The DC-9 jetliner crashed into a hillside not far from its destination in Kenova on Nov. 14, 1970, killing all 75 people aboard. The team plane was returning from a game at East Carolina.

Foley, who was sidelined due to a compounding injury, said speaking at the event would be a great honor and an opportunity to share the true story surrounding the crash.

Marshall University’s Student Government Association hosts the event each year to remember and honor those who died.