17 years ago today, radical Islamic terrorists bent on destroying Americans’ way of life shook our nation at its core. Americans from coast to coast sat in shock and disbelief as our country changed forever. Families watched the video of the first tower being struck. They turned on their TVs just in time to experience the horror of the second tower being taken down. Icons of America’s greatness were turned to rubble.

While many students today have no memory of this tragic event, Young America’s Foundation provides an opportunity to unite on the anniversary of the attacks to inspire commitment to defending our freedoms.

Students at more than 200 high school and colleges across the country are taking part in the America’s largest campus activism initiative—YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project. Campuses and communities are coming together to remember the magnitude of loss our nation suffered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by creating powerful memorials comprised of 2,977 American flags—one for each victim.

Many schools overlook the importance of the day and promote a politically correct version of history, but these patriotic student activists unite the country in meaningful remembrance of the lives lost that day.

Started in 2003, Young America’s Foundation created the 9/11: Never Forget Project to help students, teachers, professors, and administrators to come together and remember one of the darkest days in American history. Since its inception, more than 10.4 million flags have been placed in hundreds of memorials.

See below for live updates from around the country as students take part in this iconic activism project:

Rancho Campana High School

West Allis Central High School

Whitworth University

Middleton High School

Fauquier High School

Abilene Christian University

Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies

Pasadena City College

Rocklin High School

San Fernando High School

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Angelo State University

Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha

Grand Canyon University

Highland High School

Jesuit High School

Marquette Senior High School

The State University of New York at Oswego

Trinity University

University of Cincinnati

University of California, Berkeley

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of Pennsylvania

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Vista Murrieta High School

Hillsdale College

University of Houston

University of Arizona

Bellevue High School

American University

Canyon High School

Clemson University

Columbia University

Liberty University

Pensacola Christian College

Stetson University

University of Central Oklahoma

Virginia Tech

West Virginia University

College of the Ozarks

Edina High School

Gahanna Lincoln High School

The George Washington University

High Point University

Indiana University

Louisiana State University

Mars Area High School

Maryville High School

Northwood High School

University of Notre Dame

Palo Alto High School

Pennsylvania State University

Randall Middle School

Ravenscroft High School

Shelby High School

Skyline High School

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Southern Methodist University

St. Croix Preparatory Academy

The Covenant School

The Science Academy of South Texas

Twinsburg High School

University of Alabama

University of Central Missouri

University of Illinois

University of Michigan

University of Northern Iowa

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Virginia

California State University, Los Angeles

High Point University

Gonzaga University

University of Redlands

Las Positas College

Orange Lutheran High School

University of Alabama-Huntsville

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Potomic Falls High School

DePaul University

North Oconee High School

Loyola Marymount University

Orange Coast Community College

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Freedom High School

California State University, Channel Islands

University at Buffalo

Trinity Classical Academy

Newman Catholic High School

University of Mary Washington

University of Utah

Canyon Crest Academy

Ernest S. McBride High School

College of Lake County

The Ohio State University