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R-MWC Holds Candlelight Vigil Thursday to Honor VT friends and colleagues

Governor declares Friday statewide day of mourning

4/19/2007 9:51:32 AM


Governor Timothy M. Kaine has declared Friday, April 20, 2007 a statewide day of mourning for the victims of Monday’s tragedy at Virginia Tech.

On Friday, Governor Kaine will participate in an interfaith prayer service in Monroe Park on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has encouraged other communities in Virginia and across the nation to hold their own simultaneous ceremonies and participate in prayer services, beginning with the ringing of bells at noon, eastern daylight savings time.

“As our Commonwealth begins the long and difficult healing process, I am filled with images of a Virginia Tech community that is resilient and unified,” said Governor Kaine. “I ask that everyone in Virginia pause at noon on Friday to offer prayers of support for the victims, their families, and for all those affected by this tragedy.”

The Richmond prayer service will take place at Monroe Park, Belvidere and Main Streets, and will begin at noon eastern daylight savings time.

R-MWC will join other colleges statewide by holding a candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 19 at 9 p.m. at the Sundial to honor, support and remember friends, family and colleagues at Virginia Tech. A microphone will be available for those who wish to share their thoughts.

In case of rain, the vigil will be held in Houston Memorial Chapel.

Also, on Friday, the R-MWC campus will join the nation in observing "Hokie Hope" or "Maroon and Orange Effect" Day. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to support our friends and colleagues at Virginia Tech by wearing orange and maroon.

" We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness ... We are the Hokies ... "

-- Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, poet, activist

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