4/16/07: “We Are Virginia Tech”

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    Today, Virginia Tech students remember their classmates killed on 4/16/07.

    The ceremony has been held annually since the shooting, but it has taken on extra significance this year because of the looming graduation of many of the students who were freshmen at the time of the massacre — a dwindling group that calls itself “the 4/16 generation.”

    The thousands who are saying goodbye are preparing for the days ahead with feelings of nostalgia, camaraderie and survivor’s guilt. Many are wondering what it will mean for Virginia Tech after they are gone, when most of the witnesses leave Blacksburg and become alumni.

    We will remember. We will never forget that horrible day.

    UPDATE: On his Facebook page, Omar Samaha has a message for his sister Reema, who was killed 3 years ago in the Virginia Tech shootings.

    I love you Reema and I miss you. This is your graduation year and I can only imagine everything you would have been and accomplished.In your life and your death you continue to inspire us with your grace, wisdom, and love for all. I love you with all my heart and I know you are always with us. We will all be together again one day and what a beautiful day that will be.