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Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering September 11th At Pepperdine


Pepperdine to Honor 9/11 Victims with Waves of Flags Display:

From September 9 through September 25, Pepperdine’s Alumni Park will have on display the 10th annual Waves of Flags installation to commemorate the lives lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Each year Waves of Flags features 2,977 full-size flags—2,887 American flags for each American life lost and 90 international flags representing the home countries of individuals from abroad who died in the 9/11 attacks.

The installation became a Pepperdine tradition in 2008 when the school’s College Republicans group organized to bring the tribute to the campus. ...

In addition to the Waves of Flags installation, Pepperdine is the permanent home of the Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., Heroes Garden, a public space for visitors to reflect and honor all those who live heroic lives, including namesake and Pepperdine alumnus Thomas Burnett (MBA ’95), a passenger on United Flight 93 who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks.

Heores Garden

Pepperdine to Honor Fallen Heroes at Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony:

All members of the Malibu and Pepperdine communities are invited to join the University’s annual September 11th Remembrance ceremony at Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., Heroes Garden on Monday, September 11, at noon.

The ceremony will begin with an invocation, followed by a short devotional message and the placing of a memorial wreath, and will conclude with a benediction. Elizabeth Smith, director of Pepperdine Graphic Media and assistant professor of communication at Seaver College, will deliver this year’s message.

Pepperdine Department of Public Safety officers will have a significant and honored role in the memorial service as well, along with any flight attendants who are present.

Al Sturgeon, Waves of Memories:

Walking among the flags is an experience in and of itself, not to mention a photographer’s dream in the Age of Instagram, but my favorite thing to do is to watch the first responders and the veterans park their fire trucks and motorcycles on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and walk up the hill to take in the experience. They are far more inspiring to watch than the flags themselves.

In the early years, someone had the proper idea to place flags of other nations among the American flags to represent the correct nationalities of the victims of the attacks on that fateful day. After all, the attacks were acts of aggression against the entire world. International students and guests to campus are happy to find their flag and yet sobered by the reminder of the loss that flag represents.

We still remember that terrible day. In a year or two, incoming college students will remind us that they were not alive in the fall of 2001, but as of today the flags are still flying and those of us who remember still share our stories.

President Abraham Lincoln predicted that the world would soon forget what he said that historic Thursday afternoon in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but elementary school children still memorize his speech over 150 years later. Some things are simply unforgettable.


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Heartfelt tribute. Thank you for this.

Posted by: Abe Carnow | Sep 11, 2017 5:11:54 PM

Why is our memory for terrible atrocities so selective?

Posted by: Enrique | Sep 12, 2017 11:48:35 PM