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WHEREAS, on the morning of April 16, 2007, a senseless and incomprehensible tragedy struck the campus of Virginia Tech and the greater Blacksburg area; and
WHEREAS, the lives of 32 members of the Virginia Tech community were stolen without warning, creating voids in the hearts and minds of peers, friends, and family who feel their absence each and every day; and
WHEREAS, we recognize and thank local, state, and federal first responders who courageously answered the call of duty in an effort to prevent further loss of life, and cared for the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community in the aftermath; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety continues to review and strengthen security practices in all of Virginia’s educational institutions and on all campuses, building upon the immense work to prevent future tragedies in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, we will neVer forgeT those killed or injured on April 16, 2007, and recommit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect our students, educators, schools, and all Virginia communities; and
WHEREAS, the greater Blacksburg community, and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia join with those from across the country and around the world in offering their continued thoughts and prayers as we remember and honor the cherished memories and heroism of those who lost their lives, those who were wounded, and those whose lives forever changed fourteen years ago; and
WHEREAS, today we are all Hokies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 16, 2021, as VIRGINIA TECH REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.