BLACKSBURG — Monday was the 11th Day of Remembrance at Virginia Tech.
There were a number of events on Monday and the preceding weekend to remember the victims of the 2007 campus shootings.
The events included what have become regular events of the day: a candle lighting ceremony that was moved into Burruss Hall because of weather Monday, a wreath laying and moment of silence at 9:43 a.m., and a Cadet Guard at the memorial for 32 minutes.
There were also three exhibit displays from the Virginia Tech April 16, 2007, archive of items stored in the Newman Library basement. The exhibits include a condolence book sent to Tech of letters and writings that was compiled by then-high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a mass shooting this February that killed 17 people.
On April 14, the university hosted its annual Run in Remembrance, with about 14,500 participants. Tech Alumni chapters across the country also held their own local runs.
University spokesman Mark Owczarski said that there were private events for families of victims and survivors of the shooting.
There was also a campus-wide “walkout” event on Monday evening. The event was tabbed as a “Campus-wide walkout: ending gun violence” — in the same vein as walkouts that have swept the nation in the wake of another mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
About three dozen were in attendance at the start of the event at 6 p.m.