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ODU to Observe Moment of Silence, April 16

Message from the President:

The events at Virginia Tech remain so clearly etched in our minds that it is hard to believe that an entire year has passed. Yet, Wednesday, April 16, will mark that passage of time.

The Governor, Tim Kaine, has invited us all to join him in marking the occasion with solemnity and silence. He has asked us to pause for a moment of silence at noon. In turn, I would ask that you interrupt your teaching, your lunch, your conversation to join all members of the Old Dominion University community in respectful memory of our colleagues and fellow students who lost their lives in Blacksburg twelve months ago. If you are free, please join me at the flag poles in Kaufman Mall for this moment of quiet tribute.

We are each shaped by the tragedies and celebrations of our individual lives and, as citizens of this great nation, we are moved together by extraordinary events, sharing the pain of loss and the joy of victory. April 16 is one such day. Let us remember together those who lost their lives and those who were personally affected by this violent tragedy. Let us dedicate this bond of memory which we share to making the world better, safer, and more compassionate.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann Runte

President

This article was posted on: April 15, 2008

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