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Pepperdine honors patriots with display


Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., is again staging a dramatic display of American flags this week by placing in front of the campus one flag for each of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
 
The installation of the flags, which may be seen through Sept. 24, was conceived and led by the University’s chapter of the College Republicans. The chapter partnered with several other students, faculty and staff for the second such tribute.
 
“We are pleased and once again welcome the University’s support and participation in the upcoming Waves of Flags: Commemorating 9/11 event,” said Chris Garcia, president emeritus of the College Republicans.

“Our efforts in honoring the 9/11 victims has inspired so many people on and off campus. It’s been gratifying and rewarding for all of us.”
In addition to including U.S. flags in the 2009 memorial, multi-national flags will be on display honoring the different nationalities of those who died during the attacks.
As it has ever year since the tragedy, Pepperdine held a prayer service on Sept. 11 at the Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor sanctuary that overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one of the highest bluffs on the Malibu campus.
The garden serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 including Tom Burnett, alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Burnett’s heroism as a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 has been well documented. As a result of the passengers’ attempt to take control of the hijacked airliner and divert it from reaching the terrorists’ target, the plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania rather than striking a building or landmark in the nation’s capital, causing more loss of human life.

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