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September 12, 2013
At their respective schools, members of the Grosse Pointe North and South high school chapters of the Young Americans for Freedom commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, having planted a 2,977-flag memorial outside the schools.

Each American flag represents a person’s death from the attacks on the World Trade Center.

In addition, each school sponsored a school-wide moment of silence at 9:59 a.m., the minute the south tower collapsed.

South members also painted the school’s historic rock, located on the front lawn of the Fisher Road entrance, to resemble an American flag.

At both schools, the memorial’s aim was to remind students of the horror and grief that encompassed the nation 12 years ago. Current freshmen were toddlers at the time.

“We are a time where many of my peers cannot remember where they were on the day of the attacks,” said Grant Strobl, North chapter senior chair. “The memorial opens students’ eyes to why we must never forget the innocent lives lost and why we must never forget how fortunate we are to live in the free world.”

The memorials are part of the national organization Young Americas Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget Project.

“I think it’s important that we remember those people that innocently lost their lives,” said Ricky Kent, North chapter vice chair.

YAF is a conservative, non-profit educational organization promoting and teaching the ideas of limited government, individual freedom, free enterprise, and a strong national defense through hosting speakers and organizing campus initiatives.

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