As young people return to their schools for the fall semester, student activists across the country will take time out of their back-to-school rush to pause and remember the victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, by participating in Young America’s Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project.
Recent comments from Representative Ilhan Omar who said “some people did something” when discussing the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people and The Young Turks’ Hasan Piker stating “America deserved 9/11” make the work of bold YAF activists all the more critical. This year, more than 200 high schools and colleges will become sites of meaningful remembrance through YAF’s iconic project, the largest nationwide campus activism project in the country.
The 9/11: Never Forget Project—launched by Young America’s Foundation in 2003—brings students, faculty, and communities together to honor the memory of the 2,977 innocent souls lost at the hands of fanatical terrorists.
More than 11 million American flags have been placed on campus quads and along high school sidewalks as part of YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project since its inception. These memorials are perhaps more notable now than in years past as the rising generation has no memory of that bright September morning 18 years ago when New York City, Washington, and a field in Pennsylvania were turned into warzones. Yet bold activists within this generation still gather to remember the losses America suffered.
“The students who work with YAF to organize the 9/11: Never Forget Project are doing important work in today’s campus climate,” noted Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown. “These patriotic memorials bring schools together to honor the victims of 9/11, show gratitude for the heroic first responders who selflessly worked to save victims, and remind students of the ongoing threat radical Islamic terrorists pose to freedom around the world.”