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Governor McDonnell Declares April 16, 2013 as "Virginia TechRemembrance Day" in the Commonwealth
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Dear Friend,
Today is Virginia Tech Remembrance Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all of those touched by the tragedy at Virginia Tech, six years ago, on April 16, 2007. The Bell Tower at Virginia Tech will ring 32 times this morning in remembrance and honor of the 32 individuals who lost their lives at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. The Governor also issued a Proclamation recognizing April 16th as "Virginia Tech Remembrance Day," calling this observance to the attention of all of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Virginia Tech Remembrance Day
WHEREAS, on the morning of April 16, 2007, a tragedy of immense magnitude and senselessness befell the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and
WHEREAS, the lives of 32 individuals from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were hastily taken, leaving absences that will never be filled and a profound sense of sorrow in the lives of those impacted; and
WHEREAS, the community continues to mourn those who perished, we also honor those individuals wounded as they individually and collectively strive to prevail through this tragedy; and
WHEREAS, we recognize and thank local, state, and federal first responders who courageously answered the call of duty in an effort to prevent the further loss of life; and
WHEREAS, the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut once again highlights the need to continue to work to ensure safe educational environments at all levels; and
WHEREAS, the Governor's School and Campus Safety Taskforce is working to review and strengthen security practices in all of Virginia's schools and on all campuses, building upon the good work that has already been done in our Commonwealth; 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 honor the cherished memories of those who lost their lives and those wounded;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 16, 2013 as VIRGINIA TECH REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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