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Message from President Charles M. Vest on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

To all members of the MIT community:

We have shared a terrible moment in history that should never have occurred. The reality and enormity of that moment weighs ever more heavily upon us with each passing day.

We have persevered, however, because we have strengthened and sustained each other - in a spirit that I know will continue to serve us through the days ahead. As we seek to understand these events and their consequences, I am confident that we will move forward with common purpose and sense of community. I also encourage each of you to stay in touch insofar as possible with your families and friends across the nation and throughout the world.

As you may know, I have been out of the country and unable to be with you directly, but I have remained in nearly constant touch. Despite my own deep sadness and anger, I am filled with pride at the way MIT students, faculty and staff have stood together with each other in an hour of unprecedented need. We have journeyed through these bewildering days together and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

I want to thank each of you, and will join with you in spirit as we meditate on these events and pray for all the victims, their loved ones and, indeed, for humankind.

Chuck Vest

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