Thirteen students placed 3,000 American Flags in to remember 9-11 By:Kyle Swenson

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed forever.

Seventeen years later, at the University of Central Florida, thirteen College Republicans, members of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and Turning Point USA associates arrived on campus at 7 a.m. to place 3,000 miniature American Flags to remember those who were killed that fateful day.

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The group planted the flags in the shape of “9-11” depicting the date of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. mainland. The group hoped that seeing these flags would give students the opportunity to reflect on this national tragedy.

“9-11 was a moment when everyone came together,” YAF Secretary Carter Lankes said. “I just want people to remember what happened.”

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Lankes invited the College Democrats to the event via Facebook. The group responded and said they will share the event with others; however, no one from the College Democrats showed up this morning. Knight News reached out to the college Democrats for comment but did not receive a response.

“I think it’s important on 9-11 of all days to forget whether you’re Democrat, Republican or anything in between,” College Republican Secretary Luke Strominger said. “It really defines us as Americans, even if it’s just for one day. It’s important to remember our values and remember what those people sacrificed on that day.”

The flags will remain planted in the free speech lawn between the Math and Science Building and the Reflecting Pond until 5 p.m. today.