Berkeley College Republicans commemorate September 11

Jan Flatley-Feldman/Staff

The Berkeley College Republicans memorialized the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks Tuesday by setting up a display of more than 3,000 miniature American flags at Memorial Glade.

The display was composed of plastic replicas of the flag grouped together to form the numbers nine and 11, with an airplane between the two pointing toward the 11 — a reminder of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center 11 years ago.

“We want to make sure the victims of 9/11 are never forgotten,” said Derek Zhou, president of the BCR.

Throughout the day, students went to the display to snap photos, take a moment of silence or to simply admire the display and sympathize with fellow students who recall the impact the event had on their lives.

“There are about 3,000 flags that we put up to signify that approximately 3,000 people that died that day,” said Steven Mireles, a member of the BCR. “It’s a day that changed our childhood, and everyone should remember it.”

Using the break she had between classes to sit on the grass and admire the display, campus sophomore Melissa Jeng said the display was very commemorative of the tragedy.

“(It) is a great way to remind everybody of the losses that occurred that day,” she said.

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