Virginia Tech Remembrance Weekend to feature several events in honor of 32

Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 9:50 PM EDT
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Monday April 16 marks the 11th anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, and instead of a Day of Remembrance, it's more of a weekend.

There are several events and gatherings planned throughout the weekend honoring the 32 lives lost 11 years ago Monday.

The Anniversary weekend's events begin Saturday morning at 9:00 am with the annual 3.2 mile run, which is already expected to be packed.

University Spokesperson Mark Owczarski said, “We've got already 9,000 people signed up for the run. We're anticipating 12,000 - 13,000 runners all together running through campus really celebrating the sense of community that was so important 11 years ago.”

Throughout the weekend, artwork will be on display in the library, including the book sent by Marjory Stoneman Douglas School back in 2007.

Sunday night at midnight, a candle will be lit at the April 16 memorial. The events then continue into Monday morning.

“We will be laying a wreath at the memorial at 9:43 where we will observe a moment of silence to remember those 32 very precious lives that were taken from us that day,” Owczarski said.

Also Monday will be a prayer service at the War Memorial Chapel, open to the public this year.

Finally the candle will be put out at 11:59 Monday night.

Owczarski was asked if it seems there are less events than last year for the tenth anniversary.

He answered, “We measure our lives in decade increments, that is something that we do. For the 11th year we have many of those events that we had at the 10 year mark, and so those traditions continue.”

He added the university never for a second considered stopping the Day of Remembrance after the 10-year.

“April 16 is a part of Virginia Tech's history and we made the commitment at that moment that we would never forget those 32 lives and we are committed to that,” he said. “They are and will be a very important part of our community and we will never forget.”

Also Saturday, although not part of the official weekend, is the Spring Football game and Grand Opening of English Field at Union Park.

A lot of family, friends, and alumni were on campus for the weekend Friday, and Winnebagos started pulling into lots early in the morning.

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