A 9/11 memorial was vandalized late Friday night, just hours before 9/11 remembrance ceremonies are scheduled to take place across the country.

The memorial was a part of Young America’s Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, in which more than 200 schools across the country have each planted 2,977 flags to honor those murdered on September 11, 2001 by radical Islamic terrorists. To date, more than 12 million flags have been planted.

Michigan State’s flag display and 9/11 memorial were vandalized with graffiti ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The word “Never” was covered with black spray paint, making the display read “Forget.” The word “Israel” was painted across the American flag.

The students at MSU rushed to the store to grab supplies in order to restore the display.

“It’s stunning that someone would vandalize a memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks, but it also underscores why we do this every year—to ensure that the innocent lives taken that day are never forgotten,” said MSU YAF Chairman Charlie Jones.

MSU is one of more than 200 schools participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, the largest nationwide student activism project.

This comes as schools across the country have shut down 9/11 memorial flag displays organized by students.

Earlier this week, YAF reported on a Minnesota high school who cancelled the upcoming memorial, first claiming politics, and then claiming COVID-19 to save face.

Friday, YAF also reported on a Tennessee school who refused students’ requests to set up a flag display through YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project.

While these events are devastating, they aren’t surprising given the Left’s dominance in academia. This absolute disdain and disregard for our country, our flag, and those murdered on September 11, 2001 is evidence that now, more than ever, we must remember. Time will go on but our freedom and the reasons why radical Islamic terrorists attacked us on that fateful day will live on.