Harding University

Dorothee Garcia (left), a biology major from the Philippines, and Jenny Cisneros, an advertising major from El Salvador, stop to reflect over the 379 international flags placed on Harding's front lawn to honor the victims of 9/11. Faculty, staff and students placed more than 3,000 flags on the front lawn Sept. 9.

September 11, 2013

Students commemorate 9/11

Student representatives from the University organizations Pi Sigma Alpha and the American Studies Institute joined in a collaborative effort to honor the victims of 9/11. Through their annual memorial display, students placed flags from each country representing each victim affected by the 9/11 tragedies on the campus front lawn.

“The 9/11 flag memorial is fundamentally designed for two reasons: remembrance and honor,” Pi Sigma Alpha President Chris Safley said. “Every flag represents a life lost, domestic as well as foreign, during the 2001 catastrophe. They are carefully counted and deliberately placed out of reverence. Such an event distracts us from our immediate reality, for it transports our thoughts onto something worth remembering.” 

Members of Pi Sigma Alpha, ASI distinguished students, faculty, staff and student volunteers placed more than 3,000 flags on Harding’s front lawn Sept. 9. The practice of commemorating 9/11 has been a continued tradition from this event’s origin in 2002.

ASI Distinguished Students President Jonathan Crews has been involved with the project each year of his college career. He said the experience has been a special reminder of how culturally combined our society is and how important it is to care for our fellow humans and for God’s creation.

“Personally, I see it as a profound memorial to remember those who died that tragic day,” Crews said. “It’s easy to go throughout each day and forget the death of so many fellow Americans and the sacrifice our soldiers make every day to keep us safe. Walking by the flags is a sober reminder to never forget what happened.”