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2014 Day of Remembrance events

Friday, April 11, 2014

  • 4 PM – 8 PM: Check-in for 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance – War Memorial Hall room 125 (basketball gym).

Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Check-in for 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance – War Memorial Hall room 125 (basketball gym).
  • 9 AM: 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance – Virginia Tech Campus

Expressions of Remembrance

  • Places on Campus for Quiet Reflection
    Read descriptions on each place and find them on the campus map.
  • From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts about April 16 - Newman Library, First floor (see description below)
    • Friday, April 11 | Noon to 4 PM (reception from noon to 1 PM)
    • Saturday, April 12 | 9 AM - 4 PM
    • Sunday, April 13 | 1 PM - 3 PM
    • Monday, April 14 | 9 AM - 4 PM
    • Tuesday, April 15 | 9 AM - 4 PM
  • 7:30 PM: Remembrance Through the Arts Showcase – Haymarket Theater, Squires
    This is a variety show organized by the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. We dedicate the performance to the beloved Hokies we lost on April 16th, 2007. We welcome all to join us to honor those we lost and celebrate the resilience of the Virginia Tech community. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Doors open at 7 PM

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Midnight: Lighting of Ceremonial Candle – April 16 Memorial
    A candle will be lit by members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and representatives of the student body at midnight. The Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes. The candle will remain lit for 24 hours.
  • 9:43 AM: Moment of Silence – Campus
  • 10 AM: Echo Taps – Campus
    Echo Taps will be played by members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Buglers of the Guard. They will be positioned at various locations through-out campus.
  • 11:30 AM: Community Picnic – Drillfield
    An event designed for the entire community. There will be food from local vendors provided at the event; however we encourage you to bring additional food and picnic blankets if possible.
  • 11:59 PM: Extinguishing of Ceremonial Candle - April 16 Memorial
    The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes prior to the 11:59 PM extinguishing. The candle will be extinguished and the light will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.

Expressions of Remembrance

  • 9 AM – 5 PM: Elizabeth Wallace Pastels of the 32 Hokies lost on April 16, 2007 – G. Burke Johnston Student Center Hallway
    Moved by the tragedy, Ms. Wallace, an artist in California, originally created a set of 32 pastel portraits for each person killed on April 16th, which was either sent to each person’s family or is being kept in storage. Charles Steger commissioned Ms. Wallace to create a second set of pastels for the university community to keep in perpetuity.
  • Places on Campus for Quiet Reflection
    Read descriptions on each place and find them on the campus map.
  • April 16th Day of Service
    Volunteer to help with one of many service projects being organized by VT Engage as we honor and remember the lives of the 32 Hokies who were lost on April 16, 2007. There are several opportunities to choose from. These events are on first-come-first-serve basis.
  • 9 AM - 4 PM: From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts about April 16 - Newman Library, First floor
    The University Libraries, in partnership with Student Centers and Activities and Ashley Maynor’s Self-Reliant Film, presents, From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts about April 16th. Part I of the exhibition will be held in the Newman Libraries’ Multipurpose room where a digital gallery of eight screens will display photos and short films. Three screens in the exhibit contain photos that were sent in after April 16 by community members, faculty and staff. Two screens display photos of the Hokies United memorials which were created on the Drillfield after April 16. The two films in the exhibit are by Ashley Maynor and comprise a home movie of the early Drillfield Memorial and footage of Virginia Tech from Maynor’s film in progress, The Story of the Stuff, which explores how we collectively mourn and memorialize in a time where tragedies are experienced “first hand-once removed” on the web and television. Part II of the exhibition will be held directly across the hallway from Part I, in the Special Collections room, and include a physical display of condolence items. These items were created by people from all over the world during the months following April 16. The two parts show how the creative process helped many move towards healing and created a path out of the darkness of grief.

    The exhibit was curated by Robin Scully Boucher, art programs director for Student Centers and Activities at Virginia Tech. Ashley Maynor is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. She was named the Sundance Institute’s Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellow. Her most recent film as director is the documentary For Memories’ Sake. Tamara Kennelly, university archivist, coordinated the processing of the Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries

    Both exhibits are on the first floor of Newman Library up the ramp from the study cafe. There will be an opening reception with food and refreshments on Friday, April 11 from noon to 1 PM The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Related Events


3.2 for 32 Walk in Remembrance

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 2 PM – 5 PM
(Rain or Shine)

Please RSVP by Monday, April 7, 2014, if possible

Ridley Creek State Park in Newtown Square, Pa.

Join fellow Philadelphia Hokies on April 12, 2014 at Ridley Creek State Park in Newton Square, PA for the 3.2 Walk in Remembrance.

The Virginia Tech Philadelphia Alumni Chapter is hosting a walk/run in memory of the victims of the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. The course will include 2 distances – a 3.2mile (just over a 5k) and a 3.2k. The walk will take place on the paved multi-use trail within Ridley Creek State Park, near Pavilion 17. Light refreshments will be provided. Family, friends, and pets are welcome. We hope you can join your fellow Hokies in remembrance.


Denver Hokies Annual 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Walk/Run

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Wash Park in Denver, Colo.

This is a family friendly event, so bring your kids, family, friends and dogs (must be on a leash) as we walk/run in Wash park, located directly across from Denver South High School. Lunch will be served at 3 PM.

Central Florida

April 16 Remembrance Walk/Run and Monthly Social

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Gator’s Dockside in Lake Baldwin, 4982 New Broad Street, Orlando, Fla. 32814

On April 16, the entire Virginia Tech community will reflect on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007. The Central Florida Hokies are organizing a community walk/run around Lake Baldwin to bring Hokies together and remember and honor our fellow Virginia Tech friends who were impacted by the tragedy. We will depart from Gator’s Dockside in Lake Baldwin at 6:30 PM on April 16 and complete 3.2 miles for the 32. Wear your Hokie gear! Afterwards, we will gather at Gator’s Dockside for the April social.

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina University Day of Remembrance, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Blanton Park, Coastal Carolina University Campus

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM in Blanton Park on the Coastal Carolina University campus, the Counseling Services office and the Student Government Association will hold a Day of Remembrance. This event is held annually on or near the anniversary of the Virginia Tech incident. The victims of that tragedy will be remembered as well as the members of the CCU family who lost their lives during the past year. Please extend our invitation to any Virginia Tech alumni or parents in the Grand Strand area that would like to join us for this special time of remembrance.

Research Triangle

3.2 for 32 Memorial Run/Walk

Sunday, April 13, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Big Boss Brewing Company, 1239 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604

Join us for our annual 3.2 for 32 Memorial Run/Walk in honor of our fellow Hokies and friends lost in 2007. The event is open to all and we’ll have kid-friendly activities available as well. The run/walk is noncompetitive and free to participate. If you do not want to partake in the run/walk, join us at Big Boss to spend time with your fellow Hokies. Remember to wear your orange and maroon!

Central Pennsylvania

3.2 for 32 Virtual Run in Remembrance

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, the Virginia Tech community will host the 3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance to honor and remember 32 individuals who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. This year the run in scheduled for April 12 at 9 AM in Blacksburg.

The Central PA Hokies have decided to host a Virtual 3.2 for 32 Run on April 12 as well, since it can be difficult for us to travel to Blacksburg.

A Virtual Run means that you can perform your run anywhere and complete the 3.2 miles however you choose. Once you’re done, take a selfie and post your photo on Facebook and tag the Central PA Hokies Facebook page. Be sure to hashtag the photo as well: #3point2for32.

Prince William

Virginia Tech for Life Blood Drive

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:30 PM – 6 PM

American Red Cross Chapter House, 9934 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, Va. 20110

Please join the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for its annual blood drive in honor of the victims and families of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Appointments are strongly encouraged! Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to Use sponsor code 05314552. Volunteers are also needed to help during the blood drive. Please contact Jim Little at