DEKALB (WIFR) -- For a lot of people in our community, Valentine's Day is not a day for love, but a day of reflection. Today marks five years since the deadly shootings at Northern Illinois University.
A wreath laying ceremony took place outside a remodeled Cole Hall. Governor Pat Quinn attended as did the families of the five students killed.
NIU President John Peters honored each victim and said even though most of the students who were there five years ago have graduated, the legacy of that day stays with the campus. Dozens of current and former NIU students laid roses at the "Forward Together Forward" memorial and paused to remember the victims.
"It doesn’t feel like its been that long, time just flew by really quick for this school but it’s really awesome to see how we've grown together as a family and as a school to keep going and always remembering the students,” said Whitney Cartwright, an NIU senior.
Cole Hall was remodeled and re-opened in 2011. It now includes several classrooms, an auditorium and the school's anthropology museum.