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University prepares for A Day of Remembrance


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 15, 2008 – On Wednesday, the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance will be held in honor of those lost a year ago.

Classes will not be held, but the university will be open. Many departments’ essential services must still be supported. Employees are expected to report as scheduled.

However, departments have been urged to give employees as much flexibility as possible to attend the remembrance events on our campuses. Time spent at those events will count as regular work hours.

The university has scheduled two official remembrance ceremonies, both on the Drillfield. Gov. Tim Kaine and Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger will speak at the University Commemoration, which will also feature the reading of statements about each of the 32 students and faculty members who lost their lives. That event is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A student-organized Candlelight Vigil will begin at 8:15 p.m. Both ceremonies are rain or shine and will be broadcast on local cable channels 2-4.

Numerous other remembrance-themed events will take place elsewhere on campus throughout the day. A full listing of events, as well extensive information on traffic and parking changes, which will begin at 5 p.m. today and last though 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, is available at our Day of Remembrance website. That site also has information on the counseling services we will have available April 16, and how public transit to the university will be affected.



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