- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2016

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, students at Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, will install, for the second consecutive year, 2,977 flags on the school’s front lawn — one for each person who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The flags will represent the home countries of each of the victims.

Funds for the project were raised via a GoFundMe campaign launched by Cedar Grove resident David W. Schoner Jr., who believed that the memory of Sept. 11, 2001, may be fading for those who were young — or not even born — when the attacks occurred.

“We should never allow that to happen. 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,” Mr. Schoner said.

Cedar Grove is 20 miles from the World Trade Center site in New York. The school’s project was inspired by a similar display at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

The flags will be planted by students as well as members of Local Boy Scout Troop 65.

“Too often schools are looked at in terms of performance standards and students’ test scores. While these are important, we must also remember that there are so many other things that a school can provide for its students,” said Cedar Grove High School Principal Richard Mangili. “This memorial is one of those things.”

Mr. Mangili said he hopes the installation will be an annual event.

The 30-inch flags will be planted by the students themselves, as well as Local Boy Scout Troop 65 and all will be in place by September 11th. Each flag will bear the name of one of the victims. The flags will remain on the lawn through September 23rd. Cedar Grove High School Principal Richard Mangili has said that he will continue to hold this event annually.

Schoner was inspired to promote this memorial by the realization that the collective memory of 9/11 may be fading with each new generation.

is memorializing the victims of 9/11 in a unique and very visual way for the second year. The school is installing 2,977 flags on the front lawn with each victim being remembered with the flag of their own country.

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