BLACKSBURG, Va. (WKOW) -- Monday is the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre when 32 students and faculty were killed in the rampage by a lone gunman who then killed himself.
For the first time since the April 2007 mass killing, students will attend class on April 16. Every previous anniversary classes have been suspended for the day in memory of those that lost their lives on that day.
Provost Mark McNamee, who chaired a committee that planned memorial events in the years after the shooting, says the return to classes reflects the lives of those slain.
The day will be remembered in other ways on the Blacksburg campus, in Washington and by alumni across the country.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing April 16 as Virginia Tech Remembrance Day.
The incident prompted schools nationwide to install state-of-the-art notification systems that would broadcast warnings to cell phones, electronic bulletin boards, e-mail accounts and social media.