9/11 – Waves of Flags

It’ hard to understand that its been 12 years since the terror so sadly effected all of our lives the 11th of September.

I think we all remember that day, even though we all still have problems understanding it.

Feelings catch fire inside of me every time I think of it.

The news, the pictures, the films, the screams, the faces, the preaches life we lost.

Every year at Pepperdine University in Malibu they create a memorial to remind us and to honor the people we lost.

Almost 3000 flags are raised, one for every man and woman who passed away that day.


A wave of flags.

The day we will never forget.




Thousands of flags decorate the lawn along Pacific Coast Highway to remember lives lost.

Nearly 3,000 flags adorn the expansive lawn of Pepperdine University in memory of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks 12 years ago — one flag for each victim.

American flags that line the school’s lawn at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road represent American lives. Those who died in the attacks who were not from the United States are memorialized with a flag from their home country.

The flag memorial serves as a tribute in addition to The Heroes Garden, a public space to reflect and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11, including Pepperdine alumnus Thomas E. Burnett, a passenger on United Flight 93.

Burnett acted with the other passengers to divert the hijacked airliner, and he is remembered in the university’s outdoor garden that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

“September 11, 2001, will be in our memories forever. Where you were, when you heard, what you felt, and what you did,” said Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton in 2011. “Times like these prove that the heart is more than just an organ; it is part of what makes us human.”

The Southern California school’s events are just some of many others across Los Angeles, including an LAFD Museum and Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood, and a 9/11 Remembrance Night during Wednesday’s LA Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium.

In Elysian Park, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and members of the Los Angeles Fire Department attended a ceremony at the department’s training complex. The event included a helicopter flyover.

Beck called Sept. 11, 2001, a “day of horror and infamy.”


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