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Virginia Tech to mark 2015 Day of Remembrance

February 4, 2015

Cadets and members of the university community at the April 16 memorial
Members of the Corps of Cadets stand watch during the 2014 ceremonial candle lighting.

The 2015 Day of Remembrance and the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance will honor the 32 students and faculty members who lost their lives eight years ago.

The Day of Remembrance on April 16 will include a number of ceremonies, tributes, exhibits, and opportunities for quiet reflection.

The 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance in Blacksburg is scheduled for April 18 at 9 a.m. Registration is now open at the Recreational Sports website.

The Day of Remembrance will begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 16 with the ceremonial candle lighting at the April 16 Memorial located in front of Burruss Hall. The names of the 32 individuals who lost their lives on April 16, 2007, will be read out loud to honor and remember their vibrant lives, followed by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets standing in watch for the first 32 minutes of the day.

Other “Expressions of Remembrance” will be held April 16, including opportunities for quiet reflection and exhibits of memorials, tributes, and gifts received in 2007. Information on these and other events will be posted on the We Remember website as details are confirmed.

The 2015 Day of Remembrance will conclude when the ceremonial candle is extinguished at 11:59 p.m. Corps members will again stand in watch for 32 minutes prior to the extinguishing, and once the light is extinguished, the candle will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.

Free public parking for all events in Blacksburg is available in the Perry Street lots and parking garage, located off Prices Fork Road.

Event logistics are being managed by an implementation committee composed of university staff from service departments across campus and coordinated by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Several alumni chapters will be hosting events or runs in their areas. Information will be posted on the We Remember website as details are confirmed.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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