April 16th - two year anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre
April 16th 2009 marks the two year anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, and the school is getting ready for a day of remembrance.
It was two years ago that Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting rampage through the university, killing 32 people and then himself in the worst mass shooting in modern history.
The day of remembrance will begin at the memorial at midnight with the lighting of a ceremonial candle. It will be guarded the entire day by the Corps. of Cadets.
There are 32 stones of remembrance to mark each of the students that were killed, and flowers will be placed on each of these stones to remember the dead.
"I think a lot of the students who were here two years ago want to come out and it will give new students a chance to learn about what actually transpired here two years ago," says VT Ameridus Professor Richard Neves.
"There was a group of people after the 16th. They went around and gave free hugs and really helped out the community, so my friend Whitney and I decided to make it an official yearly thing," says student Bryce Carter.
All classes are cancelled for April 16th and the day will end with a candlelight vigil for those that lost their lives.