It seems like everyone is taking time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Among those was a special effort put out by Lamar University's Student Government Association whose members took time to place nearly 3,000 flags in the quad of the university.
There are a total of 2,977 flags covering the grassy area of the high traffic area near the Setzer Center - one for each victim of the enormous tragedy. SGA President Andrew Greenburg said he saw the action as a way to honor those who were lost.
"A lot of incoming freshmen do not remember the events as they unfolded on the day it happened," he said. "A lot of people don't really have the connection. I was in eighth grade when it happened and I didn't understand it, not like I do now. I don't want us to forget about this event like we may forget about other events in our nation's history. This was a powerful visual reminder - even if you don't remember the event, you'll remember something like this."
The SGA put the flags out Wednesday evening to make sure students attending classes Thursday and Friday would have an opportunity to view them. Other than the massive amount of patriotism spread across the quad, inside the Setzer Center, it is also decorated to commemorate 9/11. Banners adorn the facility and the SGA has also set out two large posters that students are encouraged to sign in remembrance.