Clubs create 9/11 flag display

Students from Key Club, National Honor Society, United Med, United Nations Children’s Fund and Walnut Politics Club placed small American flags on the front lawn of the school to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attack Monday, Sept. 10.

This year the organization of the flags changed from a pentagon between the numbers nine and 11 to a star between the numbers. About 40 students were involved in putting flags in the ground.

“It was interesting to see everybody working, and it allowed me to see some people’s views and feelings toward 9/11. I thought it was cool how people decided to do this every year for 9/11 since it was tough work considering the weather, and I felt respect for the people on that day and what they had to go through,” UNICEF Public Relations officer junior Arielle Lim said.

The memorial started in 2011 to mark the 10-year anniversary since the attack and has since been a tradition for nearly eight years.

“These kids are doing this because they want to be a part of something that’s bigger than them. What’s meaningful is that most of these students were not alive when 9/11 occured, and none of these students remembered what life was like prior to 9/11. They feel for the losses. They’re making a statement,” history teacher Brett Landis said.

Over 6,000 casualties occurred during the attack, including 3,000 fatalities and 3,000 wounded. The number of flags put on the lawn represented the 3,000 deaths.

“I went to the memorial event because I wanted to participate in honoring the victims of 9/11. This event was special to me because all of the previous years I had seen the flags but wasn’t sure who put them out. Participating this year allowed me to take part in remembering the victims,” NHS Vice President junior Emily Chan said. “Being able to put down the flags made me really happy knowing that tomorrow and the next day when I pass by them, I would be able to say that I worked on it [and] was part of the team that was able to help honor the 9/11 victims.”

By Erin Tan, Photo manager

Photo by Erin Tan

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