We Remember

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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. 

2019 Schedule

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 9 a.m.—3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance—Virginia Tech Campus
    Run registration
  • 2 p.m.—Inter-Faith Service—War Memorial Chapel
    Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m.
    Please note there will be no late entry permitted to the service.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Midnight—Lighting of Ceremonial Candle—April 16th 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 16th 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 16th 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.

Expressions of Remembrance

Library Exhibits

“Holding the Light” an exhibit honoring those who lost their lives and those who were injured on April 16, 2007 will be on display in Newman Library’s 2nd floor Commons from Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 18. The exhibit is a collaboration between the University Libraries and Student Engagement and Campus Life.

A display in the windows of Special Collections on the 1st floor of Newman Library will also reflect the “Holding the Light Theme.”

A second major exhibit in the Newman 2nd floor Commons, “A community of Learners, a Legacy of Achievement,” will feature photographs of each of the 32 victims and a selection of books that reflect their individual disciplines and interests.

A small garden space for quiet reflection outside of Squires Student Center’s Old Dominion Ballroom features the large inscribed rock received from Itawamba Community College, Fulton, Mississippi and stones from previous April 16th Perspective Gallery Exhibitions. Itawamba Community College planted a dogwood tree in honor of the victims, and this garden also includes a dogwood tree planted to honor those lost.

Virginia Tech Alumni Association Chapter Events

Check back for additional details and events.

Central Virginia Chapter

3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Location and time TBD

Chicago Chapter

3.2 for 32 Run/Walk in Remembrance
Date, Time, and Location TBD

National Capital Region Chapter

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Memorial Blood Drive
Location and time TBD

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Community Service Event

Location and time TBD

Orange County Chapter

3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Date and time TBD

Huntington Beach Pier, 325 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Peninsula Chapter

Day of Remembrance 3.2 Run/Walk
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Fort Monroe Boardwalk next to the Paradise Ocean Club

Please join the Peninsula Hokies as we remember the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007.

This event is open to all Hokies, their families, and friends. We'll be having a Pot Luck Picnic immediately following the walk/run at the Oozlefinch Brewery. We ask that attendees bring a dish to share. More info on this will follow as we approach the event’s date, check this page for details.

We'll be running and walking on the Fort Monroe Boardwalk. The run will start on the boardwalk directly next to the Paradise Ocean Club. There will be plenty of parking available.

Please be there by 10:30 AM, so you can take part in our group picture. We'll take the picture at 10:45 AM and then commence the walk/run immediately after.

Contact Louise Schaeffler at weaze@vt.edu for more information.

San Diego Chapter

Day of Remembrance 3.2 Run/Walk and Brunch
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time TBD
Meet-up location TBD; Followed by brunch at Bub’s at the Beach, 1030 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Shenandoah Chapter

12th Annual Memorial Blood Drive
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Youth Development Center, Winchester, VA

Join the Shenandoah Chapter for our 12th Annual Memorial Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. Food provided by Chick-Fil-A. To sign up online, visit the Red Cross website, www.redcrossblood.org, and search via date or location. Complimentary t-shirts will be given to all presenting donors while supplies last, just like the previous 11 blood drives.

Contact Doug Ewell at dougewell@comcast.net or visit our Facebook page for more information.