Seven years after 32 students and faculty were killed and more than a dozen were wounded in the April 16, 2007, shootings at Virginia Tech, the university community will commemorate the tragedy with a day of events, exhibitions, reflections and ceremonies in Blacksburg and elsewhere Wednesday.
VT Engage, Tech’s student service learning division, has organized a cadre of community and campus volunteers for a day of service opportunities in hunger relief, trail and park cleanup, and other activities to honor the victims.
Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus
- Midnight: Lighting of the ceremonial candle at the April 16 memorial on the Drillfield
- 9:43 a.m.: Moment of silence campuswide
- 10 a.m.: "Echo Taps," played by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets buglers at various places around campus
- 11:30 a.m.: Community picnic with some food provided on the Drillfield
- 11:59 p.m.: Extinguishing of the ceremonial candle
EXPRESSIONS OF REMEMBRANCE
- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: G. Burke Johnston Student Center hallway, exhibit of California artist Elizabeth Wallace pastels of the 32 students and faculty killed on April 16, 2007.
- 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: “From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts” at Newman Library, first floor. Part I will be held in the multipurpose room, where a digital gallery of eight screens will display photos and short films by Ashley Maynor. Part II will be held in the special collections room and include an exhibit of condolence items sent by well-wishers from across the world.
Beyond Virginia Tech
The day of remembrance has also spread to other areas of the country and other universities.
- Virginia Tech alumni groups have organized a blood drive in Prince William County and memorial run/walks in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.
- Central Pennsylvania Hokies have organized a virtual 3.2-mile run in remembrance organized through social media, which encourages people to perform a run anywhere and post photos of it with the hashtag #3point2for32.
- South Carolina’s Coastal Carolina University will hold a day of remembrance today for the Hokies killed on April 16, as well as those affiliated with Coastal Carolina who have died over the past year.
For more information, visit www.weremember.vt.edu/2014-events.