YAF activists at high schools and colleges across the country are keeping alive the memory of those lost to radical Islamist terrorists in the world-changing events of September 11, 2001. The iconic displays made up of 2,977 American flags—one for each innocent life taken—bring schools, communities, and individuals together to pay tribute and continue our promise to “never forget.”
Started by Young America’s Foundation in 2003, the 9/11: Never Forget Project has grown into the largest nationwide student activism project and become a patriotic tradition for students from coast to coast. In total, more than 12 million American flags have been placed on campus quads and along high school sidewalks as part of this important project.
The patriotic students who bring the 9/11: Never Forget Project to their communities are keeping America’s promise to “never forget” amid an unorthodox back to school season. Despite shutdowns and many schools conducting remote learning, students from scores of schools spanning 34 states have already committed to participate in this year’s project.
These student-created memorials are even more notable now than in the 9/11: Never Forget Project’s earlier years, as students today have no memory of that bright September morning 19 years ago.
In addition to student-organized displays nationwide, Young America’s Foundation’s staff will be setting up the 9/11: Never Forget Project on the lawn at President Reagan’s beloved Rancho del Cielo in the mountains above Santa Barbara, California, and on the East Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. These displays will be streamed live.
“YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project provides a meaningful opportunity to remember the everyday heroes forged in stairwells of the Twin Towers, on Flight 93 in the skies above Pennsylvania, and along the Pentagon’s corridors,” noted Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown. “In trying and divisive times such as these, uniting Americans to honor a day of unbearable loss that brought unbreakable unity reminds us that what we have in common matters more than our disagreements: We are all Americans—a fact worth being proud of.”
Students can learn more about the 9/11: Never Forget Project and sign up to participate here.
For additional information on YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project or to request an interview, contact YAF Spokesman Spencer Brown via firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-872-1776.