HERNDON, VA – Today’s college and high school students were between four and twelve years-old when our nation was viciously attacked by radical jihadists on September 11, 2001. Surprisingly, these students, who are barely old enough to remember 9/11, are organizing their communities to memorialize the attacks.
Kentucky high school student Sarah Telle is taking the Young America’s Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project—which consists of flag memorials with 2,977 flags, speaker events, moments of silence, and candlelight vigils across the country— to the next level. Not only is she organizing the project at her own high school, Sarah is going to each school in her county to lead a 30-minute program about 9/11 and enabling the students and teachers to place the flags in the memorial themselves. Her efforts have already garnered the attention of the local media.
The 9/11: Never Forget Project was started by Young America’s Foundation in 2003 when the Foundation noticed that most college and high school campuses were doing little, if anything, to honor the 2,977 innocents murdered on 9/11. If they did hold programs, they usually were politically correct in nature.
Thanks to students like Sarah, many high schools and colleges are starting to embrace the 9/11: Never Forget Project. At Indiana University, Montgomery High School, Truman State University, and many others, school administrations have partnered with students to organize the project. Just a few years ago, more administrations were opposing this project. Now, a few persist to resist, but most schools welcome the project.
At Truman State, their dean of student affairs partnered with students to create the flag memorial on the school’s quad. Along with the flag display, they will also hold a candlelight vigil, show a documentary, and send letters and packages to troops overseas. This is exactly the model other schools’ administrations should emulate.
Young America’s Foundation has more than 280 schools participating in the 2011 9/11: Never Forget Project, and these success stories foster hope that young people will continue to never forget the sacrifice of the fallen heroes from that day.
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