April 16, 2010
Governor Bob McDonnell led an official state ceremony Friday morning in honor of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy which occurred three years ago Friday.
The event included a moment of silence and the ringing of the Bell Tower once for each victim. The governor delivered remarks prior to the moment of silence and the ringing of the Bell Tower. He was joined at the event by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas and Chief of Staff Martin Kent.
In addition the Governor officially declared Friday “Virginia Tech Remembrance Day” in the Commonwealth. The proclamation can be read below.
Gov. McDonnell's Proclamation of Virginia Tech Remembrance Day
WHEREAS, on the morning of April 16, 2007, a tragedy of immense magnitude and senselessness befell the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and
WHEREAS, the lives of 32 individuals from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were hastily taken, leaving absences that will never be filled and a profound sense of sorrow in the lives of those impacted; and
WHEREAS, the community continues to mourn those who perished, we also honor those individuals wounded as they individually and collectively strive to prevail through this tragedy; and
WHEREAS, we recognize and thank local, state, and federal first responders who courageously answered the call of duty in an effort to prevent the further loss of life; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia join with those from across the country and around the world in their thoughts and prayers to honor the cherished memories of those who lost their lives and those wounded; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 16, 2010, as VIRGINIA TECH REMEMBRANCE DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.