To the Virginia Tech community,

Tomorrow brings a somber milestone, as we observe the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on our nation. Our thoughts are with all who were impacted that day, especially those in our university community who lost family and friends in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  Some of our community members recently shared their personal reflections and remembrances in this VTx story.

This year’s anniversary falls on the day of our military appreciation game in Lane Stadium. I hope everyone will join me in taking this opportunity to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, express appreciation to all currently serving, and thank our veterans – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – for their service.

This is also reunion weekend for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, which is known for its enduring tradition of preparing students for military service. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Virginia Tech’s beginning, we greatly appreciate the corps’ embodiment of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and its role in the founding, growth, and vision for the future of this great institution. 

To all who have dedicated their lives to serve others, past, present, and future, thank you.

Tim Sands,

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