Virginia Tech Remembrance Day


WHEREAS, on the morning of April 16, 2007, a senseless and incomprehensible tragedy struck the campus of Virginia Tech; and

WHEREAS, the lives of 32 members of the Virginia Tech community were stolen without warning, creating voids in the hearts and minds of their friends and family who feel their absence to this day; and

WHEREAS, the Blacksburg community, and the entire Commonwealth, continue to mourn this tragedy years later, and we also honor the 17 others injured during this attack as they and their families strive to heal; and

WHEREAS, we recognize and thank local, state, and federal first responders who courageously answered the call of duty in an effort to prevent further loss of life, and who continued to care for the Blacksburg community in the aftermath; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety continues to review and strengthen security practices in all of Virginia’s educational institutions and on all campuses, building upon the good work that has been done in the Commonwealth to prevent future tragedies; and

WHEREAS, in honor of all those killed or injured on April 16, 2007, we will never forget their memory and we commit ourselves to doing all we can to protect our children, educators, and schools, and to keep all Virginia communities safe; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia join with those from across the country and around the world in their thoughts and prayers to remember and honor the cherished memories and heroism of those who lost their lives and those who were wounded seven years ago;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 16, 2014, as VIRGINIA TECH REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.