Day of Remembrance activities limited for 2020 commemoration
March 15, 2020
Because of our shared obligation to do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the members of our extended community, particularly those who are most vulnerable, Virginia Tech will alter its 2020 Day of Remembrance events to promote social distancing and discourage large public gatherings.
On April 16, 2020, the Ceremonial Candle at the April 16 Memorial will burn for 24 hours, but there will not be a public ceremony at midnight and 11:59 p.m. as has been our tradition. Flowers and wreaths will be placed at the memorial and the Carillon Bells will be rung 32 times at 9:43 a.m. on that day. All other gatherings traditionally held on that day will not take place.
In addition, the 3.2 Run in Remembrance, previously scheduled for Saturday, April 18, will not be held.
On the Day of Remembrance, members of our community are encouraged to pause and honor the 32 individuals who lost their lives on April 16, 2007, in a manner most meaningful to you.
Virginia Tech understands the disappointment these changes may bring, but we appreciate your understanding and support. To learn more, visit our COVID-19 site.