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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. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

9 a.m.

3.2 for 32 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.

Remembrance Service at the Wishing Tree – Solitude at the Duckpond
A service to honor those who died on April 16, 2007, at the Wishing Tree at Solitude, a place for healing, peace, and hope.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Midnight

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.

Month of April

Following the events of April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech received thousands of handmade and heartfelt items to express condolences, thoughts and prayers of healing and support, and solace for the Hokie Community. This exhibit highlights just a few of the collected items that were made by hand to share the hearts of the world with the Hokie Community.

Handmade and Heartfelt: Selections form the April 16, 2007 Condolence Archives
A digital exhibit https://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/exhibits/show/april16handmade/17thanniversary

Created by Special Collections and University Archives.

A quilt in honor of the victims who died on April 16 is on display in Special Collections and University Archive in Newman Library.  The quilt is available for viewing each weekday through April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Provided by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

Virginia Tech alumni chapter events

  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. 
  • Where: 2077 Golfview Drive NW, Atlanta (backyard)
  • Registration: Visit the Atlanta Hokies Facebook page.
  • Additional details: Street parking is available.
  • When: Sunday, April 7 at 8 a.m.
  • Where: Cap10K Cheer Section at 3.2 Mile Marker (intersection of Quarry Road and Winsted Lane), Brunch at Banger's (79 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701)
  • Registration: Register online.
  • Additional details: Participate in the Cap10K as part of Austin Hokies' Run in Remembrance. Participants are encouraged to wear Virginia Tech gear. There will be a 3.2 Mile Marker at Winsted Lane and Quarry Street for those who want to cheer on their fellow Hokies. Meet at Brunch at Banger's on Rainey after the race at 11 a.m.
  • When: Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-noon
  • Where: 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
  • Additional details: The Baltimore Hokies will host the Day of Remembrance and The Big Event together at Robinson Nature Center in Howard County. Remember the 32 students and faculty members who were tragically taken from their loved ones and our community in 2007 and live Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by gardening and removing invasive species at the nature center. Bring a refillable water bottle and dress for the weather. Check Facebook for updates. The event is outdoors and weather dependent.
  • When: Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. 
  • Where: The Larder, 89 Crystal Lake Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841
  • Register: Register online or RSVP to rlsharpe@vt.edu
  • Additional details: Meet at The Larder and walk the North Augusta Greenway. 
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. 
  • Where: Benny Ferrovia’s, 340 W. Tremont Ave., Suite 130, Charlotte NC 28203
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Join the Charlotte Hokies to remember the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16. This event is open to all Hokies, their families, and friends — there will be plenty of parking. Run/walk on the Light Rail path starting and ending at Benny's in South End. After, the chapter will provide a little taste of home with a slice of Benny’s Pizza to all participants. RSVP through the Facebook event.
  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: The Brick, 24 Ann St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Registration: Register online.
  • Additional details: Join the Charleson Chapter for the 3.2 for 32 run in remembrance of April 16. Participants can walk, jog, or run.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. 
  • Where: Floyd's Pub, 1944 N Oakley Ave. #6349, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Additional details: Meet at Floyd's Pub at 1 p.m. and then head to the 606 for the walk/run. Spring game starts at 2 p.m. CT so watch the game too.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m.Where: Sawyer Point Park 705 E. Pete Rose Way Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Join the chapter for an Urban Walk (run if you wish) to honor and remember the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us in 2007. The run/walk will take a scenic path along the banks of the Ohio River, making a loop starting at Sawyer Point. Meet us at the parking lot at Sawyer point. Dogs and children are welcome!
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m
  • Where: Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Additional details: Meet at the south entrance of Riverfront Park.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.–noon.  
  • Where: Meet on the Constitution Avenue side of the National Gallery of Art and run/walk on the National Mall, starting and ending at the National Gallery of Art.
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Washington, D.C. area Hokies will meet at the National Mall to virtually take part in Virginia Tech’s annual 3.2-mile Run in Remembrance, to remember the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us in 2007. This event is rain or shine, and participants of all ages are welcome, as well as four-legged friends. 
  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Thurman Brisben Center, 471 Central Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Additional details: The chapter will prepare and serve lunch at a local homeless shelter.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: 2033 Riverside Ave. Jacksonville FL 32204
  • Additional details: Walk along St Johns River, through historic neighborhoods and scenic parks followed by lunch at Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House. Learn more online.
  • When: Sunday, April 14 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Where: Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center at Morven Park, 17690 Old Waterford Road Leesburg, VA 20176
  • Additional details: Bring gloves and dress for the weather.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Where: Central Park. Meet at the South Gate House (address is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York, NY 10128) on the east side by 86th Street.
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Meet at Central Park to take part in Virginia Tech’s annual 3.2-mile Run/Walk in Remembrance, to remember the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us in 2007. This event is rain or shine, and participants of all ages are welcome, as well as four-legged friends. There is no cost to attend, but please register.
  • When: Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: 211 Orchid Ave., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
  • Registration link: Register online.
  • Additional details: Meet at the home of Chuck Allen and walk 3.2 miles. Dogs are welcome. Lunch will be served immediately following. Donations to the OC Hokie Scholarship are appreciated.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Fort Monroe Sea wall next to the Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651
  • Registration Link: Participants for the Run in Remembrance must register. Email Louise Schaeffler, Peninsula Chapter president, at weaze@vt.edu to register. 
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. 
  • Where: Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 14, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media, PA 19063
  • Registration: Register online.
  • Additional details: The event will be rain or shine. 
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. 
  • Where: Rincon Park, The Embarcadero & Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Find us by the big arrow!
  • When: Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Where: Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester, VA 22602
  • Registration: Reserve a donation time online, using code VT32.
  • Additional details: For 17 years the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has held a local Memorial Blood Drive with the American Red Cross and in partnership with Chick-fil-A Pleasant Valley. Those in attendance will receive a Chick-fil-A meal and commemorative gifts as a thank you. Interested in volunteering? Email culbrethv@gmail.com with your availability.
  • When: Weekend of April 13
  • Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • Additional details: Check the Tidewater Chapter Facebook page for updates.
  • When: Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: HeyDay Brewing, 5301 Tin Roof Way, Raleigh, NC 27616
  • Registration: Register online.
  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: 12300 Hogans Alley, Chester, VA 23836
  • Registration: Register online.
  • Additional details: Meet and show your Virginia Tech pride and honor those who lost their life at the place we all love. Meet at the parking lot of the pool in the River's Bend community in Chester. Not a Hokie, but still want to gather? Join the chapter.
  • When: Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-noon
  • Where: Williamsburg Botanical Garden, Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road, Williamsburg, VA
  • Additional details: Volunteers will begin at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden's Virginia Tech Memorial Bed to acknowledge those lives lost April 16. Then participants will garden in the memorial bed and throughout the garden, including mulching, dividing plants, and deadheading.
  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Big Lick Brewing Company, 409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Additional details: Gather, remember, and honor those lost on April 16. Join us at Big Lick Brewing for a three-mile run/walk along the outskirts of downtown and the Lick Run Greenway. A one-mile and a five-mile route is also available. Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants can get $1 off their first beer after the run.
  • When: April 13 at 10 a.m. 
  • Where: Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210
  • Registration: Register online
  • Additional details: Join the Denver Hokies to remember those who were tragically taken from their loved ones and our community on April 16, 2007. Run and walk to celebrate life and our fellow Hokies. The event is open to all Hokies, their families, friends and dogs (on leashes). RSVP if you’re planning on attending.