Flags at MU, Columbia College commemorate 9/11

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 4:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Members of the University of Missouri College Republicans will place nearly 3,000 American flags on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle beginning at 10:30 Thursday evening. The flags will represent each victim in the 9/11 attacks.

The 2,977 flags will remain on MU's south quadrangle until Monday afternoon.

The event is one of many around Columbia to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, including a similar flag placement at Columbia College.

Craig Arnzen, president of MU's College Republicans, sees the event as an opportunity to come together and commemorate the anniversary.

"We're a Republican group, but it's not about that," Arnzen said. "It's about remembering the things that happened and how we got here."

Arnzen also wants the younger generations to understand the impact of the attack.

"I was in sixth grade when it happened," Arnzen said. "I remember where I was, we all do, but as we have younger students come through, I think it's important we don't forget."

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