For this year's annual Run in Remembrance, Hokies around the world came together virtually. Through efforts to encourage social distancing, participants ran and walked far more than the 32,000-mile goal to honor the 32 lives lost on April 16, 2007. According to the Stridekick app, which was used to track the virtual run, participants logged more than 80,000 virtual miles.
From April 16-18, Virginia Tech will host a virtual run during a three-day period to encourage proper distancing and adhere to state and local public health guidelines. Hokies can run, walk, or jog on their own and post a picture online using #VT32Run.
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.
Since partnering with the university, five Stamps Scholarships have been available each year, resulting in Virginia Tech having a total of 19 Stamps Scholars, eight of whom have graduated. Beginning in the fall 2020, 10 Stamps Scholarships will be available each year.
As dean of students, Brown led new student orientation programs, family programming, sexual assault education, and multicultural and international programs. He also provided great care and compassion to many Hokies and their families following April 16, 2007.
Individuals may run, walk, or push a stroller on the 3.2-mile course. Participants will be organized in three groups; the first wave will be for those who will run; the second will be for those who will jog or walk fast; and the third wave is for those who will walk or have a stroller.
On April 13, Virginia Tech will host the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance for the 11th consecutive year. On April 16, the Day of Remembrance will begin at 12:01 a.m. with the ceremonial candle lighting at the April 16 Memorial located in front of Burruss Hall. Information on all events will be posted on the We Remember website.
As Virginia Tech approaches the 2017 Day of Remembrance, additional support services will be available to students, faculty and staff and alumni and community residents attending events and gatherings on campus.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will provide remarks during the commemoration event to be held on Sunday at the April 16 Memorial on the Drillfield. Kaine, who served as governor of Virginia in 2007, will be joined by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands at the event.