Few of us have difficulty recalling 9/11. Many, when prompted, can recite their precise location. A memory forever impressed in their minds.
And although 14 years have passed, and the memories have, perhaps, faded from Technicolor to black and white, a group of Regent University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) students are ensuring that the day and the lives taken are never forgotten.
On Friday, Sept. 11, Regent’s Young American’s for Freedom (YAF) memorialized Patriot Day by planting 2,977 American flags outside the Communication & the Arts building: One for every life lost during the terrorist attacks.
The flags are a part of the nationwide 9/11: Never Forget Project.
“It’s about more than just remembering the Americans and landmarks we lost,” said founding chairman of Regent’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, Spencer Brown ’16 (CAS). “It’s about remembering how fragile our freedom can be, appreciating those who keep us safe today and remaining prayerful for the future of our country.”
This is the second year the university participated in the project. And Brown hopes that the incoming Regent freshmen, who were barely entering kindergarten at the time of the attacks, will understand the grave impact this day had on the nation.
“It’s important for all Americans, students included, to remember the scars our nation suffered,” said Brown. “It’s a privilege to bring Regent alongside groups all over the nation as America remembers what we lost on September 11, 2001.”