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Westmont Students Remember 9/11

The community is invited to a remembrance and commemoration at 6 p.m. tonight.

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The Westmont Conservatives Club put up 1,500 U.S. flags on Kerrwood Lane, one for every two people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Westmont College photo)

The Westmont Conservatives Club is honoring the people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a display of 1,500 U.S. flags on Kerrwood Lawn, one for every two people who died that fateful day.

The club invites Westmont College and the community to attend a time of remembrance and commemoration at 6 p.m. Thursday on the lawn.

“College students can easily get caught up doing homework and forget the significance of the day,” says Maggie Heenan, WCC treasurer. “Putting out those flags is a long and time-consuming process, but it really serves to burn into our brains what each flag represents.”

Among the 1,500 U.S. flags are 115 white flags that represent the number of countries that also experienced loss in the attacks.

“Unrepresented by flags are the countless number of friends and family members whose lives are forever marked by that day,” WCC President Cassandra Joiner said. “We can’t bring back the loved ones lost, but we can share in and preserve their memory.”

At tonight’s commemoration, Joiner and Heenan will lead a time of prayer and contemplation, and Westmont junior Celestina Ripley will lead in singing “Amazing Grace.”

The remembrance will include a period of silence at 6:11 p.m. A book containing the names of all of the Sept. 11 victims will be on a podium near the flags and available for students to look through. Joiner says each person at the commemoration will be given a card with the name of a victim’s family to be remembered in prayer.

Scott Craig is Westmont College‘s media relations manager.

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