College Administrations Cave at Last Minute to Allow 9/11 Memorials on Campus
Strange Excuses Used to Block Flag Memorials and Candlelight Vigils
HERNDON, VA – More than 260 colleges and high schools are participating in Young America’s Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, but some liberal college administrations held out until the bitter end in their attempts to block students from properly memorializing the innocents who were murdered on September 11, 2001.
Here are some of the most egregious examples:
Ø At the University of Virginia School of Law, the administration completely refused to allow students to set up a flag memorial—with one flag for each of the 2,977 people killed on 9/11—anywhere on campus because the memorial was “not directly related to legal education.” Less than a week before the event, the dean reversed course and granted permission to hold the memorial in an inner courtyard on campus rather than on the front lawn, but refused to allow the students to leave the flags during classes on Monday, September 12.
Ø Without reason, Marietta College originally denied students’ request for a candlelight vigil. Under pressure, the administrators ended up allowing a flag memorial, but with one major caveat: the memorial must include flags of the other countries from which citizens died during the attacks.
o Al-Qaeda attacked America because of the ideals it represents. The 9/11: Never Forget Project is as much about honoring the victims of the attacks as it is honoring the American ideals they died for.
Ø UCLA rejected allowing a flag memorial at a central part of campus because, “if groups were allowed to do so, it would indeed cause damage to the campus as well as create some hazards for students and the public.” After some pressure, UCLA will allow students to display the memorial at another location.
In several more instances, colleges resisted allowing students to organize the 9/11: Never Forget Project until Young America’s Foundation intervened. The Foundation began the 9/11: Never Forget Project in 2003 when we noticed that most college and high school campuses were doing little, if anything, to honor the victims of the 2001 attacks. We continue to assist students in dealing with hostile college administrators who resist remembering the heroism and tragedy of 9/11.
For further information or to request an interview, please call Ron Meyer at (800) USA-1776.
Young America’s Foundation is an educational organization promoting conservative ideas on our nation’s campuses through lectures, publications, and conferences. During the last year, the Foundation sponsored more than 600 lectures, including addresses by Governor Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, Ben Stein, and Steve Forbes. In 1998, Young America’s Foundation saved the Reagan Ranch, and with the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, uses it to educate young people about Reagan’s ideas. To learn more, visit www.yaf.org.