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Governor Blanco declares Day of Mourning to honor victims of the Virginia Tech University tragedy

Dear members of the Nicholls family,

Gov. Kathleen Blanco has declared today, Friday, April 20, a statewide Day of Mourning to honor victims of the Virginia Tech University tragedy. The governor has asked churches and other structures throughout the state to toll their bells at 10 a.m. today. She also has asked that all Louisianans participate in a statewide moment of silence at that time.

"The pain shared among citizens following the tragedy at Virginia Tech reaches far beyond Blacksburg and into the hearts and minds of Louisianans," Gov. Blanco said. "We stand beside our friends in the Commonwealth of Virginia, just as Virginians stood by us in our moment of need. We will continue to offer our prayers and support to members of the Hokie community as they recover from this horrific event."

In a letter sent yesterday expressing gratitude for prayers and well wishes extended from citizens across the nation, Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine asked governors to join the Commonwealth’s Day of Mourning today.

"It is clear that difficult days lie ahead as we all embrace the grieving process that is sure to come. Again, I thank you for your thoughts and prayers and ask that you continue to keep Virginia Tech in your hearts and minds as we all work together to overcome this horrific tragedy," Gov. Kaine said.

Gov. Blanco ordered that United States flags be flown at half staff at all state buildings through April 22, keeping with President George W. Bush’s order. The Governor also instructed Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Savoie and State Police Col. Henry Whitehorn to reinforce all campus safety plans.

Again, please join me and observe a moment of silence at 10 a.m. today.

Stephen T. Hulbert

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