At 4:45am, the morning of September 11th, 25 members of YAF club and JROTC put out 2,977 American flags in front of Riverview to honor those who passed in the tragic attack on the nation when hijacked jets brought down the World Trade Center and took additional lives when they hit the Pentagon. Still more deaths occurred with the crash of yet another hijacked plane in Shanksville, PA.
According to Peyton Hu ‘22, member of YAF, the club stands for Young Americans for Freedom. YAF President Abby Palmer “wanted to pay respects,” which is why they decided to put out all these flags.
“The school provided the money for this project,” she explained. “Seeing so many flags reminded me of how many people lost their lives.”
“People were proud and happy to see what we did,” she added.
Most of the members helped with the project, and thought it was a generous idea to contribute.
Debra Bryan, faculty club sponsor for YAF, implied that there would be another similar event held on Nov. 11 to honor veterans as well.
According to the Never Forget article, “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.”
“High schools and colleges around the nation wanted to honor this day to all those who lost their lives during this horrible tragedy,” it said.
According to a Riverview High School student Taylor Simone ‘23, the memorial was needed.
“I thought it was a very good idea to honor those who died with all of these flags in front of the school,” she said.