This past weekend, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles placed 2,996 American flags around their campus.  These flags were a representation of the 2,996 lives lost on September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in the world.

Vandals crushed and threw away every single flag. Students replaced the flags, only to have them destroyed two more times.  Once, the vandals even destroyed flags in front of the students who were trying to put them back up.

A petition has been circulated calling on Occidental College president Jonathan Veitch to issue “strict and severe discipline” against all those involved.  And for good reason: an attack on a memorial for 2,996 innocent Americans is an attack on every single one of us.

Remembering the Fallen

From the Occidental College Republican Club Facebook page, the group who planted the flags:

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.  -President George W. Bush

As a nation, we remember those that paid the ultimate price because they lived in the land of the free. The victims were targeted simply because they were American – not because of their religion, their race, their ethnicity, or their political views.

They died because a group that embodies pure evil cannot stand that Americans value freedom, a fact that should give us all pause and that we must never forget.

Unfathomable Courage

On September 11, 2001, there was unfathomable courage–both recorded, and that we will never know about. Americans rose together from every corner of the country and proved their resolve. The most striking act of valor that day was aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

Photo From Occidental College Republican's Facebook Page

Photo From Occidental College Republican’s Facebook Page

Flight 93 was the only plane that did not hit its intended target, presumably the U.S. Capitol. This only because of the 40 brave patriots on the plane that day. After finding out that other planes were used at weapons, they knew that their hijackers weren’t returning to an airport.

Those aboard Flight 93 fought back, sacrificing themselves for untold lives in Washington D.C. We can only pray that we could be so brave god forbid we were in that same horrific situation.

As a nation, we must be unwavering, and renounce the actions of both these vandals and any others who would desecrate the memorials of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.