Remembering Those Lost at Virginia Tech

April 20th, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — In the wake of the tragic events at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Plymouth State University has declared Wednesday, April 25, 2007, Virginia Tech Remembrance Day.

On April 16, a student gunman shot and killed 32 students, faculty and staff members on the Blacksburg, Va. campus before taking his own life. The attacks mark the deadliest mass killing on a college campus in United States history.

Students leaders at PSU mobilized with student-run campus groups to put together a day of events that will commemorate and honor those individuals who lost their lives during the rampage.

“This heartbreaking tragedy at Virginia Tech calls all of us to compassion as we help our students cope with their emotions and concerns,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Hage. “Our support and prayers go out to all at Virginia Tech, especially the families and friends most deeply struck by this tragedy.”

A candlelight vigil on Alumni Green will take place at 7 p.m. with students lighting 33 candles and reading off the names of the victims, which included two students from New England. Remarks will be made by University President, Sara Jayne Steen, Hage and President of the PSU Student Body, Peter Laufenberg.

In addition to the vigil, the Plymouth State flag will fly at half-staff and the students will decorate a banner that will be mailed to their Virginia Tech peers. Also, 500 donated T-shirts with the Virginia Tech school colors of maroon and orange will be sold around campus and fundraiser collection points will be set up at Alumni Green and Centre Lodge with the money going to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.

“When it comes down to the overall picture, we are all students and we should not just think about Plymouth State but college students all over the country,” said Timothy Haroutunian, president of Programming Activities in a Campus Environment (PACE).

For more information on ways to help or contribute, contact Haroutunian at or Dan Fornash, PACE Treasurer, at

For more information on this release, contact Kevin D. Anderson at or at (603)-535-2211.