SGA Honors 9/11 Victims with Flag Ceremony

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SGA Honors 9/11 Victims with Flag Ceremony

Allison Silver, News Writer

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On September 11th, the Student Government Association will be placing small U.S. flags in the ground in front of the school to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Every year on 9/11, handheld flags are scattered around the front of the school by members of the S.G.A. This will occur during homeroom. Additionally, students entering the building have the opportunity to take a flag and place it into the ground themselves.

September 11th, 2001 is the widely known date of four airborne terrorist attacks against the U.S.A., made by an Islamic extremist group known as Al-Qaeda. One of the four planes crashed in Pennsylvania, one hit the Pentagon, and the two others hit and collapsed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A piece of the Twin Towers will be placed near the front entrance of the school.

“This is, in my opinion, the most important thing we do all year because it forces students to remember the most important event in our nation’s history, which I believe is our job as a student government”, said S.G.A senator Jack Thompson. 

Each of the flags that are to be placed represent a single victim of the attacks. There were 2977 victims of the attacks, meaning there will be 2977 flags at the front of the school.

“We continue putting them up so that future generations never forget. So that we never forget”, said student government adviser Mr. Roth 

This event was cancelled in 2018 due to unfavorable weather conditions, meaning this year’s event is especially important, as it is the accumulation of two years’ worth of remembrance. If the weather permits it, 2977 flags will be able to be seen surrounding the entrance of Bel Air High School on 9/11.

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