Tributes scheduled on this 7th anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre

Tributes scheduled on this 7th anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre

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Tributes scheduled on this 7th anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre

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Associated Press and 13News Now

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 12:43 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- The victims of the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech are being remembered at ceremonies in Blacksburg, Richmond and in Virginia Beach.

At Virginia Tech, the Day of Remembrance began at 12:01 a.m. with the ceremonial candle lighting at the April 16 Memorial in front of Burruss Hall. The names of the 32 people who lost their lives were read out and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets stood watch for the first 32 minutes of the day.

There will be a moment of silence at 9:43 a.m. and at 10 a.m., buglers from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will play echo taps at various locations on campus.

One remembrance will be held at Capitol Square in Richmond. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff, Paul Regan, and Secretary of Education Anne Holton are scheduled to speak near the bell tower. The bell will be sounded following the reading of the names of each victim. The names will be read by Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran.

Later Wednesday morning, McAuliffe will attend the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance on the Blacksburg campus.

At 6 p.m., the Tidewater chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association will holding a memorial service at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research Center, located at at 1444 Diamond Springs Rd.

The 2014 Day of Remembrance will conclude when the ceremonial candle at Virginia Tech is extinguished at 11:59 p.m. Corps members will again stand in watch for 32 minutes prior to the extinguishing, and once the light is extinguished, the candle will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.

In Blacksburg and at the State Capitol, flags are flying at half staff in tribute to the fallen.

Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and faculty in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He killed himself after the rampage.

 

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