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composite photo of the 32, above a nighttime view of the memorial and Burruss Hall

About this site

The We Remember website provides information about the 32 students and faculty members who were tragically taken from their loved ones and our community on April 16, 2007. They ranged in age from 18 to 76 and represented a variety of academic areas and faith and ethnic groups. We hope that you are able to reflect on the tremendous promise each of them embodied for our world with creativity, intelligence, humility, and humanity.

This site also provides information about online resources, latest news and events, information about the April 16 Memorial, and links to previous years' events and support information. Live for 32. 

2023 Schedule

Expressions of Remembrance

Sounds of Solace: Audio and audiovisual selections from the April 16, 2007, Condolence Archives


Saturday, April 15, 2023

9:00 a.m.
3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance — Virginia Tech Campus
Online registration opens on Feb. 1. For more information please visit the Rec Sports website.

1:45 p.m.
Day of Remembrance Service — A service to honor those who died on April 16, 2007, at the Wishing Tree at Solitude, a place for healing, peace, and hope. Parking is available in the Solitude Lot.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Lighting of Ceremonial Candle — April 16 Memorial
The ceremonial candle will be lit by representatives of the student body and the names of the 32 Hokies lost on April 16, 2007, will be read. The Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes. The candle will remain lit for 24 hours.

9:43 a.m.
Wreath Laying and Moment of Silence — April 16 Memorial

11:27 p.m.
Cadet Guard — April 16th Memorial
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard at the April 16th Memorial for 32 minutes.

11:59 p.m.
Extinguishing of Ceremonial Candle – April 16 Memorial
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes prior to the 11:59 p.m. extinguishing. The candle will be extinguished, and the light will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, event updates will be posted to this page.

Virginia Tech Alumni Association Chapter Events

Asheville/Western North Carolina Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 16, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Bill Moore Park 85 Howard Gap Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732

Flat and easy walk/run on a mix of concrete and packed gravel. All ages, abilities, strollers, and dogs are welcome. Meet at Steelcase shelter near the playground wearing Hokie colors.

Central Savannah River Area Alumni Chapter

April 15, 2023, at 9 a.m.
The Larder at North Augusta Greenway
89 Crystal Lake Dr
North Augusta, SC 29841

Lunch to follow for those interested.

Chicago Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 15, 2023 at 12:45 p.m.
Floyd's Pub
1944 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Columbia, SC Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.
Riverfront Park - South Entrance
312 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Denver Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 16, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Denver South High School
North-West Parking Lot
1700 E Louisiana Ave
Denver, CO 80210

Please RSVP for refreshments.

First State Alumni Chapter (Delaware)

Community Service Project
April 15, 2023, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity - Habitat ReStore Prices Corner
3312 Seminole Ave
Wilmington, DE 19808

We will be sorting, moving donations, preparing them for display, straightening up the warehouse, or similar tasks. You must register with Habitat for Humanity. Register with Habitat for Humanity; When it asks if you are with a group, select Yes, then Virginia Tech. On the next page, select the event on April 15th. Register with the Chapter.

Fredericksburg Alumni Chapter

Remembrance Meal
April 16, 2023 at 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thurman Brisben Center
471 Central Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

We could use volunteers (3) to help prep for dinner. You do not need to stay once dinner is prepared. However, if you would like to help serve the meal, you are more than welcome. We could use (3) volunteers to help serve the dinner which starts around 6:00 pm. This takes about 45 minutes and does NOT involve cleanup. We would ask that you arrive around 5:45 pm as the dinner may be served just a bit early depending on the census of the shelter. Please reach out to Jamie Haughton at for any additional questions.

Palmetto Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 16, 2023, at 2 p.m.
Conestee Park –
840 Mauldin Rd,
Greenville, SC 29607

Meet under the main shelter. Children and pets are welcome!

Tidewater Alumni Chapter

Run in Remembrance
April 16, 2023, at TBD
Virginia Beach TBD