VA governor declares ‘Virginia Tech Remembrance Day’

Students, friends and family hold candles up during a candle light vigil marking the second anniversary of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech on the campus of the school in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, April 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Governor Terry McAuliffe declared April 16, 2016 as ‘Virginia Tech Remembrance Day’ on Wednesday.

The governor made the announcement to honor the 32 killed and those injured during a mass shooting at the university on April 16, 2007.

Gov. McAuliffe released the following statement:

“We will stop on April 16 not only to remember the horror of that day and those we lost too soon, but also to recall the good that was done that day as first responders rushed to prevent further loss of life, fellow students and staff helped protect and comfort one another, and the community was lifted up by the good will that poured in from every corner of the globe,”

“While we will never forget the tragedy of April 16, 2007, we will honor the victims by also remembering the light that came out of the darkness. We must also build on the progress we’ve made in Virginia, ensuring this type of tragedy never happens again.”

The governor also ordered the state flag flown at half-staff on all local, state and federal buildings in the Commonwealth throughout the day in honor of the victims, their families and the entire Virginia Tech community.

Day of Remembrance activities will also take place throughout the Blacksburg area.

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