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ASU remembers 9/11 and honors lives lost

By Aubree Bailey
On September 14, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Students come together to place a flag for each of the 2,977 people killed in the 9/11 attack.

Tuesday morning’s clear skies found dozens of students, staff, and faculty members outside on the Campus Mall, placing American flags in the ground to honor those who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"We are placing 2,977 flags on campus," Brayden Woods, president of ASU’s chapter of Young America’s Foundation and organizer of the event, said. "That’s how many lives were lost."

"To me, it just shows what happened that day… brought the country together in a tragic event. It shows that everyone can come together in dark times," Woods said.

Cadet Reyna with ROTC participated with fellow members of his organization.

"(This event is) to help remember those who lost their lives and those who tried to help," Reyna said.

Connor Brennan, SGA Senator for ROTC, commented on the event saying, "I think this is great. I’ve heard 300 other schools do it. I have to commend Brayden Woods, who organized this."

Dr. Randy Mullis, a new addition to ASU as the Department Chair of Security Studies, also helped place flags on the mall.

"I was knee deep in dissertation in Kansas, working on my Ph. D.," Dr. Mullis responded when asked where he was on 9/11/01. "I was in shock and awe for a while. It was an event like Pearl Harbor or Kennedy’s assassination."

Dr. Mullis is a veteran of the armed forces, having served in the Airforce as a Lieutenant Colonel, as well.

"It certainly adds a dimension civilians might not appreciate. The outpouring of patriotism and the reverence of lives lost was and is encouraging and comforting, too."

Dr. Brian May, President of ASU, also stopped by to honor lives lost.

"I am so glad y’all are doing this," Dr. May said as he pinned a 9/11: Never Forget pin on his jacket lapel.

SGA President Tristan Fielder was in attendance at the 9/11: Never Forget event, as well.

When asked if he remembered where he was on the day of the tragedy he responded, "Hardly, but I do remember my parents took me out of school. Everyone was scared. Everyone was shocked. We wanted to spend that time with family. In the days that followed, we all united."

Fielder showed a sense of reverence, like all of those at the event, saying, "It means never forgetting; it means we appreciate the sacrifices that citizens made. A lot of people put things on the line for us. America is a great country because of what people sacrifice."

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