9/11 to be remembered with 2,977 flags on Mudd Field​

Student group College Republicans to help commemorate event some too young to remember, understand


In honor of those lives, Cullen and other members of the university’s College Republicans will spend the evening of Sept. 10 on Mudd Field planting 2,977 flags — one for each life lost on 9/11. The organization Young America’s Foundation distributed the flags to Washington University and 100 other universities nationwide.

Washington University also will lower the American flag on 9/11 and ring the bells of Graham Chapel at 9:28 a.m., the moment the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

Cullen, who is majoring in political science and economics, with a minor in Arabic, all in Arts & Sciences, said she hopes the memorial sparks conversations among classmates.

“I was dismayed that last year there was no recognition of 9/11,” Cullen said. “It was almost like no one wanted to talk about it. So many of us were so young that we don’t have any recollection of 9/11. Our families wanted to shield us from this tragedy.

“But this event has changed us, our nation and our world. It’s important that we know this part of our history.”