April 16, 2008

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Blacksburg and the New River Valley

Sunday, April 13

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remembrance Prayer Vigil
Blacksburg Baptist Church

The community is invited to participate in a prayer vigil to pray for our community and everyone affected by the tragedy on April 16, 2007. Members of all faiths are welcome. This will be an informal time of prayer and sharing. The church is located at 550 North Main Street in Blackburg.

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Tuesday, April 15

7:30 p.m. | Memorial Service
Blacksburg Jewish Community Center

Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas will lead this special service which will be marked by candle-lighting in memory of those we lost, readings, the Kaddish prayer, and a concluding "walk around the block", the traditional way in Judaism to symbolize the end of a year of mourning and reflection. Everyone is welcome.

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8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | vtONE April Gathering
Squires Commonwealth Ballroom

This event will be somewhat informal and low-key; you are invited to bring a blanket with which to sit on the floor. We will gather to worship, pray, and proclaim God's power through tragedy.

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Wednesday, April 16

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Open Sanctuary
Blacksburg Baptist Church

The community is invited to come to the church sanctuary and pray.  Counselors will be available to talk to anyone needing assistance that day.  The church is located at 550 North Main Street in Blackburg.

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10:00 a.m. | Moment of Silence and Bell Ringing
George Washington University

The George Washington University will observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy that occurred on April 16, 2007. We ask that, to the extent possible, all members of the George Washington community pause in their academic and professional activities for one minute at 10:00 a.m. The carillon bells on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses will toll for the duration of the moment of silence.

  • Contact: GW student association | 202-994-7129 |


10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | VT Memorial in Food Court
NRV Mall Food Court, Christiansburg, VA

The New River Valley Mall will be broadcasting the Virginia Tech Commemoration Event live from the Virginia Tech Drillfield. The broadcast will take place in the New River Valley Mall Food Court.

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Noon to 1:00 p.m. | Memorial Mass
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Blacksburg VA

St. Mary's Catholic Church will hold a special memorial mass service.

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1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Open Sanctuary
St. Francis Anglican Church, 306 Progress St., Blacksburg VA

St. Francis Anglican Church sanctuary will be open for silent prayer. An evening prayer service will conclude the vigil at 6:30 PM.

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6:15 p.m. | Worship
Blacksburg Baptist Church

The Downtown Ecumenical Fellowship (Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Blacksburg United Methodist Church, Blacksburg Baptist Church) will host a worship service at Blacksburg Baptist Church on April 16th at 6:15 p.m. At the close of the service we will then walk as a group to the Candlelight Vigil on the Drillfield.

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Roanoke Valley

Saturday, April 12

All day | Virginia Tech Memorial Motorcycle Build Unveiling
James River Conference Center, Lynchburg, Va.

The Virginia Tech Memorial Motorcycle built to sell and all the proceeds of the build will go to the individual scholarships of the lost students. The Custom built motorcycle will be on display to the public. Daily events are planned.

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Wednesday, April 16

All day | Mill Mountain Star
Roanoke, Va.

The City of Roanoke is planning to honor the individuals who lost their lives last year during the April 16 tragedy by turning off Mill Mountain Star on the evening of April 16. The last time the City turned the Star off was immediately after the Sept 11, 2001 tragedy. The City of Roanoke wants the Virginia Tech community to visibly know that we continue to share in the suffering and pain from that event a year ago.



Sunday, April 13

2:30 p.m. | Danville Area Choral Arts Society presents Brahms Requiem
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Danville, VA

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Wednesday, April 16

All Day | Halifax County Remembers 4/16/07
Constitution Square, South Boston, VA

A tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre will be set up in Constitution Square in South Boston by Mental Health America of Halifax County for those wishing to offer individual prayer and meditation. To coincide with events on campus at VT, there will be a moment of silence followed by prayer at 8:15 PM on the Constitution Square for all who wish to commemorate this tragedy.

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Noon to 7:30 p.m. | Virginia Tech for Life Blood Drive
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA

Virginia Tech Southwest Center is partnering with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association--Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee Alumni Chapters, and Johnston Memorial Hospital Blood Bank to host the blood drive. The hospital's blood mobile will be utilized and their staff will man the unit. Alumni members will provide support with marketing, registration, blood donations, and refreshments.

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Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, April 16

Noon to 6:00 p.m. | 1st Annual Virginia Tech for Life Community Blood Drive
Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Drive, Winchester VA

Virginia Tech for Life Community Blood Drive. Please come out and help us reach our 100 pint goal!

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7:00 p.m. | An Evening of Remembrance
Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Drive, Winchester VA

April 16th memorial service with special guest speaker Mr. Doug Rinker, a Virginia Tech alumnus.



Wednesday, April 16

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Norfolk Botanical Garden remembers Virginia Tech
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA

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Wednesday, April 16

5 a.m. to 6 a.m. | Poetic Tribute: We Remember
Blog Talk Radio online -

Various Spoken Word Artists and Poets have been invited to contribute to this online event. we will have dynamic poetry read by award-winning international poet Rene Reyes, unconquearable verse by spoken word artist Eryk Moore, incredible words by Nabraska the Poet, the melodic flow of Hark the Poet, and a few other guest appearance by fellow poets and spoken word artists. We believe that verse heals all things and this is a time to celebrate the greatness that our fallen brothers and sisters were going to have and remind their families that their lives were not in vain or forgotten.


8 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Wake Forest University Prayer and Reflection
Davis Chapel, Wingate Hall Christian Meditation Room, Benson University Center Interfaith Mediation Room, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Benson University Center Wake Forest sacred spaces will be open all day for prayer and reflection.

8:30 a.m. | J-Herb's Roaring 5K
Clemson University, Race starts at Edwards Hall

A certified 5K run to honor the memory of Virginia Tech victim Jeremy Herbstritt. Sponsored by Clemson University's student chapter of the American Planning Association. Herbstritt's girlfriend Lex Bozzo (a VT alum) is a graduate student in Clemson's city and regional planning program, and her classmates wanted to help her honor Herbstritt's memory. Proceeds from the race will go the Jeremy Herbstritt Memorial Fund.

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11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. | Prayer Service and Moment of Silence
The Ronald Reagan Peace Garden, Eureka College

Eureka College students, administration, faculty, staff and members of the community will gather at in the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden for a brief prayer and moment of silence to remember the attacks at Virginia Tech one year ago. A prayer will be offered at 11:50 and after there will be an opening for further wishes and intentions. We will remain in the garden until 12 noon at which time the school bells will ring- with each ring in remembrance of a victim of the tragedy.


12 p.m. | Wake Forest University Carillon Remembrance
Janet Jeffrey Carlile Harris Carillon, Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

The University carillon will chime 32 times in honor of the 32 students and faculty who lost their lives one year ago. All members of the Wake Forest community are invited to observe a moment of silence.

6 p.m. | St. Louis Remembers Virginia Tech
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.

The St. Louis Cardinals will have a Virginia Tech Day at the game on April 16th. There will be a short on-field ceremony to thank St. Louis for all of their support. Two sections will be designated for Virginia Tech alumni, friends, and supporters.

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7:00 p.m. | Candlelight Vigil
University of Northern Florida, between building 1,2 and 3

A candlelight vigil will be held to mark the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance.


7:05 p.m. | Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros Baseball Game
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.

Join fellow Virginia Tech Hokies alumni, classmates, families and friends as we cheer on the 2007 NL East Champions to victory against the Houston Astros on Wednesday April 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm. All fans will receive a Southwest Airlines Schedule Magnet. Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Virginia Tech Hokies supporters will be located on the Terrace Deck in Sections 426 & 427 at $12 each. This is a special $8 discount off the cost of tickets. To order your tickets, click on the "Buy Tickets" link and enter the promotion code HOKIES

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8:00 p.m. | Huskies for Hokies
Northern Illinois University

Members of the NIU community are holding a 'Huskies for Hokies' candlelight Vigil. The event is intended as a show of support and sympathy for the Virginia Tech community, which will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic events on their campus that claimed 32 lives.

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8:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Candlelight Memorial
George Washington University, Kogan Plaza

The GW Student Association, in conjunction with the GW Office of University Events, is planning a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the tragedy of April 16, 2007. The observance is open to the entire George Washington community and friends.

  • Contact: GW Student Association | 202-994-7129 |


Sundown | Wake Forest University Ribbon Projection
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Virginia Tech ribbon projection


Saturday, April 19

9:00 a.m. | Austin Cloyd Service Day
University of Illinois' Scott Park

Austin Cloyd epitomized the Rotary motto of service about self in the wat she lived her everyday life. In honor of what she stood for, Centennial Interact will be putting on an Austin Cloyd Day on April 19, 2008. The service day will be a fitting representation of the good that can come out of such a tragic event. Some of the projects that we will be taking part in on the Service Day are: -The Rotary/Champaign Park District Boneyard Creek Clean up -An Empty Tomb housing project -A Habitat for Humanity Landscaping and Painting Prject -Helping with the Samaritans for Seniors program.