If you drive by a nearby college campus this week, you’ll likely come across nearly 3,000 American flags that grace the university quad, each representing a fallen victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago.
Almost no one who planted the sea of stars and stripes had been born prior to the deadly day which would catapult the United States into a Middle Eastern conflict to last two decades. If they were, they almost certainly have no memory of it. David Swegle, a 20-year-old junior at Hillsdale College, is one of them.
“That’s the main reason why it’s so important,” Swegle told The Federalist of the upcoming display put together by peers with no firsthand recollection of Sept. 11, 2001. “They didn’t have to live through it, but they still have to remember.”
Their way of remembering is a memorial of nearly 3,000 flags — 2,977, to be exact, one for each victim and zero for the