- The Washington Times - Monday, September 7, 2015

Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, is memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in a very unique visual manner. The school is installing 2,977 flags on its front lawn — one for each victim. The flags flown will be those of the home countries of each of the victims killed in the terror attacks.

The project was inspired by a similar display at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Funding to realize the project was made possible via a GoFundMe campaign launched several weeks ago by Cedar Grove resident David W. Schoner Jr. Mr. Schoner said he wanted children in his community to fully understand the magnitude of the events 9/11.

The 30-inch flags will be planted by the students themselves, and all will be in place by Friday, the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Each flag will bear the name of a victim. The flags will remain on the lawn through Sept. 23, but Cedar Grove High School Principal Richard Mangili plans to make this an annual event.

“Nowadays, schools are looked at in terms of test scores and performance standards,” he said, “but there are so many more things that a school can provide for its students. And this is one of those things.”

Mr. Schoner was inspired to promote this memorial as he felt that perhaps the collective memory of 9/11 may be fading with each passing year and as a whole new generation comes of age.

“We should never allow that to happen,” Mr. Schoner insists of the importance of remembering. “The Cedar Grove High School display will serve as a vivid reminder of a terrible event and an appropriate tribute to the victims and their families.”

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