Thousands of flags fly on campus in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Memorial on campus marks the seventh anniversary since the attacks in 2001 | September 9, 2008

In memory of the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Xavier’s academic mall is covered this week with thousands of flags. This year is the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The display is coordinated and set up each year on the mall by Xavier’s College Republicans. The student group places about 3,000 flags representing those who perished. In addition to the American flag, flags from more than 10 other countries are represented. This year, the College Republicans group will also play music between classes to raise awareness.

"We hope this serves as a reminder that we must never forget the tragic events of Sept. 11,” said College Republicans Chairman Steve Newsome. “We also believe this display is a small yet sentimental way to honor the victims and their families, whom we keep in our prayers every single day. We also hope that this display evokes a sense of patriotism in all Americans and keeps us all united toward a common goal of peace in our land." 

A memorial Mass sponsored by Campus Ministry will be held in Bellarmine Chapel on the University campus on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 5:00 p.m. Following Mass, a memorial walk will take place around Xavier’s campus and the 9/11 memorial display.

For more information, visit www.XUCR.org or e-mail collegerepublicans@xavier.edu.