HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 11, 2019 – Today, High Point University students, faculty and staff were joined with city of High Point Mayor Jay Wagner to place 2,977 American flags on campus in honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The 9/11 Never Forget Project was held at HPU’s Patriots Plaza and organized by the student groups, Young Americans for Freedom, College Republicans and College Democrats.
Colleen Stack, a freshman event management major from the New York City area, lost her grandfather in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Stack felt grateful for the opportunity to participate in today’s event.
“I find it comforting HPU makes such an effort to support students,” said Stack. “Giving us the opportunity to plant these flags, reflect and pray reaffirms the university’s commitment to the needs and passions of every student here.”
City of High Point Mayor Jay Wagner delivered the keynote address before a moment of silence. Afterward, he joined students, faculty and staff in placing the flags throughout Patriots Plaza.
“One of the lessons to be learned from 9/11 is that we are not guaranteed another day,” said Wagner. “We have to live and appreciate each day that we have. We must cherish our relationships with friends, family and acquaintances because we don’t know when our last day will come.”
“The 9/11 Never Forget Project is an opportunity for students from all political, cultural and religious backgrounds to come together as one to remember those who have lost their lives,” said Sam Carr, president of HPU’s Young Americans for Freedom. “For many students on our campus, they were born after the attacks. This is a perfect way for all of us to never forget.”