Days before 9/11, members of the Occidental College Republican Club arranged a heart touching 9/11 display on campus to honor those who were lost on that horrifying day.
However late into Saturday night an alarming discovery was made. The 9/11 display had been harshly vandalized. All of the small American flags used to make the display were found in a nearby trash can. So many flags had been stuffed into the trash can that they were spilling over onto the pavement.
“Not one was left in the ground… Not only did they destroy the memorial, they put posters and fliers up that shamed the victims of 9/11,” the club reported.
Countless students had come together to place 2,997 flags into the ground in order to represent each live lost on 9/11.
Shortly after the destruction was discovered the group posted pictures of the vandalism on the club’s public Facebook page.
One of the many fliers found amongst the vandalism was one specifically protesting the Iraq war.
The flier read,
“Americans who died in 9/11…R.I.P. the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn’t do.”
The group of students who found the vandalism remained determine to honor those lost!
They immediately began replacing the almost 3,000 flags back into the display.
Once restored, the stood guard in order to prevent any further vandalism.
Officials at Occidental College said an investigation is currently underway to find out exactly who committed the vandalism.
A wave of commenters on Facebook ranted and raved when they saw the vandalism posted online.
Many comments pushed the club to respond,
“We understand people are frustrated and angry. But please, refrain from racist remarks. That serves no justice. This memorial was meant to remember those who fell, and that post was created to show that students at this school tried to erase the message of remembrance we tried to send out.”
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