Originally written on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 1/22/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
 As news of Joe Paterno's diminishing health spread rapidly throughout social media sites and news networks, members of the Penn State community headed up to Beaver Stadium to honor their beloved Coach. At around 8:00 p.m., students and alumni began to gather around the Joe Paterno statue, a shrine dedicated to the triumphs and success of Penn State's former head football coach of 46 years. A handful of students worked diligently to shovel away the freshly fallen snow from its base while photographers and reporters flooded onto the scene. What started off as a small group of about 40 people soon turned into a crowd of thousands. One by one, supporters placed candles and flowers at the statue's feet along with PSU memorabilia, letters and posters that read "Thank You, Joe" and "We Love You JoePa." No matter how many times the brisk winter breeze blew out the candles, students and alumni were persistent at relighting each one to keep the flames alive. Aside from the emotional singin...
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