On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, dozens of students from the University of Virginia planted American flags on the south end of the Lawn in order to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Kasey Sease, the Burke Society’s Membership Chair, told The Virginia Advocate that “as an event that should not be forgotten, the Burke Society (along with other organizations on Grounds) wants to ensure that the University community gets to participate in an act of reflection.”
Anthony Hadford, the founder and president of Young Americans for Freedom at UVa, agreed with the sentiment. Speaking with UVA Today, he noted: “This is a completely apolitical event. I feel that a lot of people have forgotten how close to home this came.”
This occasion coincides with other vigils and remembrances around the nation as the United States continues to feel the social and political effects from the September 11 attacks. Furthermore, while other colleges participated in similar flag-planting memorials as part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project, the D.C., New York, and Shanksville, Pa. areas held their own sets of events. In particular, thousands of bikers went to the nation’s capital as part of the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” event in order to pay tribute to the fallen.
By Tatiana Lozano, Staff Writer