BLACKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — April 16 is a date that conjures up some difficult memories for a lot of us here in the Commonwealth. That’s because today marks eight years since the Virginia Tech shootings.
The attack left 32 students and faculty members dead — and injured others, making it the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.
It will certainly be an emotional day on the campus of the university. The school has a full slate of events planned today to honor the victims.
At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning, a ceremonial candle was lit in honor of the victims on campus. The names of the victims were read aloud.
This morning at 9:43 a.m., the campus will hold a moment of silence. Then at 11:30 a.m., there will be a community picnic. Finally at 11:59 tonight, the ceremonial candle will be extinguished.
There will also be exhibits of memorials, tributes and gifts received in 2007. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand watch for the first and final 32 minutes of the day.
There’s another opportunity to honor the victims this weekend. The campus will be hosting a 3.2 mile Run in Remembrance on Saturday. Even if you can’t make it to Blacksburg for Saturday’s run, you can still register for the event and print out a bib.
Click HERE to learn more about the events being held.
If you’d like to find a way to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, there will be a blood drive in Richmond today. The Richmond Hokies Chapter is hosting the blood drive at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center on Parham Road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can make an appointment, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Click HERE to learn more about the blood drive.