Virginia Tech to mark 2014 Day of Remembrance
February 20, 2014
The 2014 Day of Remembrance will be marked by several events to honor and remember the 32 who lost their lives seven years ago.
As in previous years, the Day of Remembrance will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 2014 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.
Other related events will be held on Saturday, April 12. For the sixth consecutive year, Virginia Tech will host the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance in Blacksburg. This year’s event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Participants will start on the Drillfield near War Memorial Gym and finish near the April 16 Memorial across from Burruss Hall. Prior to the race, participants will form a giant VT on the Drillfield for a photograph.
Preregistration for this event is strongly encouraged; visit the Department of Recreational Sports website for registration and event information.
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.