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Pepperdine’s Annual Waves of Flags Display Honors 9/11 Victims

For the sixth year in a row Pepperdine University has staged a dramatic display of flags on its expansive lawn at Alumni Park, Malibu, to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each flag, reflecting each victim's nationality, represents each of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that tragic day.

The installation of the flags, which will be on display until Monday, Sept. 23, was conceived and led by the University's chapter of the College Republicans in 2008. Since that time, the display has come to be a focal point in the Malibu community to gather in remembrance and meditation of the innocent lives lost on 9/11, including Tom Burnett, alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Burnett's heroism as a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 has been well documented. As a result of the passengers' attempt to take control of the hijacked airliner and divert it from reaching the terrorists' target, United 93 crashed in a field in Pennsylvania rather than striking a building or landmark in the nation's capital, causing more loss of human life.

As it has annually since September 2001, the Office of the Chaplain, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Office of the President will host a brief memorial service at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor sanctuary that overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one of the highest bluffs on the Malibu campus. The garden serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11, including Burnett.

Guiding the time of prayer will be Seaver graduate student Matthew McCay, who will offer a brief devotional; Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy at the School of Public Policy, who will deliver a scripture reading; and associate chaplain Jennifer Christy, who will offer prayer.

In addition, a memorial wreath will be presented by military veterans Sgt. Jaime Gladin (DPS staff) and Officer Alex Carrillo, along with Demisse Selassie, Seaver College Student Government President.

For more information about the prayer service, please contact Lauren Leatherberry at (310) 506-4545.

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