9/11 Memorial to honor victims

Several organizations and clubs on campus gathered together to remember Sept. 11, 2001 by placing American flags on the front lawn of the school on Wednesday Sept. 10. The flags were arranged in the form of a pentagon surrounding the date “9-11” in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day.

Some of the organizations and clubs that participated in the event this year included Latin Alliance, Cantonese Club, United Med, ASB, Film and Photography, American Cancer Society, Key Club, Young Democrats, Teen Republicans, Whovian Society and the 2016 Class Cabinet.

“From United Med’s perspective, the reason why we’re doing it is because there were a lot of health care professionals and paramedics who lost their lives when the twin towers collapsed,” United Med member senior Chamath Gamalath said. “As a club that specializes in the medical field, we want to do our part in honoring those healthcare professionals that lost their lives.”

Unlike previous years, the organizations and clubs involved with the event this year were more culturally varied as opposed to the usual organizations that specialized in a profession being involved.

“This cultural aspect is very important because you have to remember that on ‘9-11,’ it wasn’t just a certain race or culture of people. There were Asians, Hispanics, whites, and even Middle Easterners who were innocent,” United Med member senior Timothy Yeung said. “We have to take that into consideration. We were one nation and the event caused us to share one whole feeling.”

The memorial started in 2011, which was the year that marked the 10th anniversary of the attack on the twin towers. This year, the arrangement of the flags as a pentagon with the date “9-11” in the center differs from the previous years in which the flags were used to form a star with a pentagon in the middle.

“I said thank you for putting up the flags because of my family and friends that have served the country, but also because I was living about 40 minutes away from NY when the towers fell. I was a senior in college. I had a friend in the buildings, and friends who lost family members there too, and that day and many days after were very hard for all of us who struggled over the loss of our loved ones, and over the loss of innocence for our country,” English teacher Marissa Beemer said. “It means a lot to me that [the students] honor 9/11/01 each year by putting out the flags. It is still a very tough day for me, and I don’t talk about it much, but I wanted [the participants] to know it meant a lot.”

By Chantel Chan and Brandon Ng, News editors

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