Flag display to honor attack victims
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 23:09
The annual 9/11 Never Forget Memorial, hosted by the Texas Aggie Conservatives, will be displayed in Academic Plaza through Thursday.
The memorial honors the nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks with a flag for each person. TAC chairman and senior biomedical engineering major, Eric Schroeder, said the organization will be adding 21 flags to represent the Americans who died in the Boston marathon bombing in April and the Fort Hood shooting in 2009.
The memorial is important to TAC, Schroeder said, because it honors those who died as a result of acts of terrorism on U.S. soil.
“Unfortunately in this day and age, the freedom that we value so much is constantly under attack, especially from foreign sources,” Schroeder said. “We want this memorial to honor those who unfortunately perished on our own soil at the hands of Islamic terrorists.”
The memorial appeared on campus in 2008 and has continued annually. It is done for the benefit of the student body and the Bryan-College Station area, Schroeder said.
“We do not put on this event to receive credit for it, but do it as a service to the Texas A&M community,” Schroeder said.
Sophomore sociology major, Nicole Sauer, said she thought the memorial was very special.
“The fact that there’s so much respect, just honoring those who have lost their lives in really unfair ways, I totally support this display,” she said.
Sauer said she got to participate in last year’s memorial by placing one of the flags.
“I got the flag and I was like, ‘I know this represents someone that lost their life and I know the family is probably still grieving over this,’” Sauer said. “So I just said a prayer for them. I don’t know who I was praying for but I knew it was for someone.”
With a friend whose father serves in the military, Sauer said she knows how important a memorial like that can be.
“I showed her a picture of the flags and she was just in tears,” Sauer said. “She loved that so much: the fact that just a bunch of students, who don’t even know the people that died are willing to display this for them and lift them up in front of everyone.”