Marquette students set up 2,997 flags in memory of 9/11

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - On Tuesday, Marquette Senior High School (MSHS) students set up nearly 3,000 American flags ahead of the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

The memorial is part of the Young America’s Foundation “Never Forget” Project. This is MSHS’s second year doing the program.

MSHS Language Arts Teacher, Eric Hammerstrom, who leads the program, said it's important for students and the community to always remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the 2001 attack.

"We talk numbers, but numbers don’t mean much to people. You can tell people about 3,000 died, 2,997, and it's just a number until I bring them out here and put flags in the ground for an hour and find out we've only put 400 flags in the ground," Hammerstrom said.

Hammerstrom added that the flag set up also coincides with a book the students are reading about 9/11 called “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

For more on the Never Forget Project, click here.

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