April 16, 2014
On Wednesday, the Virginia Tech community will come together to mark seven years since 32 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on campus.
On April 16, 2007 a gunman carried out two separate attacks that became the deadliest shooing in U.S. History. 17 others were injured in the shootings. The April 16, 2014 Day of Remembrance will allow the victim's loved ones and the community will reflect of the lives lost in the tragedy.
Remembrance events began at midnight Wednesday morning when a candle was lit that will remain lit until midnight Thursday morning. At 9:43 a.m., the time of the second shooting, there will be moment of silence on campus. Throughout the day Wednesday there will be places on campus where students and faculty can quietly reflect, as well an exhibit on campus about the aftermath of the shooting.
April 16th has become a day of service, where students are encourages to help with projects than honor and remember the lives of the 32 Hokies lost seven years ago.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will hold a remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on capitol square honoring the victims of the Virginia Tech Tragedy. A bell will be rung following the reading of the names of each victim.