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An organization of young Americans is making sure that we never forget what happened on September 11, 2001.
“The 9/11 Never Forget Project is where high school and college students across the country can place 2,977 flags on their campus to commemorate all of the lives lost that day to Islamic terrorists,” says Young America’s Foundation (YAF) spokeswoman Kara Zupkus.
2003 was the first year for the project. Since then, more than 12 million flags have been placed in the ground as part of YAF’s iconic project.
“This year carries a special meaning, not only with it being the 20th anniversary of the attacks, but with all the chaos going on in Afghanistan.”
Most of today’s college students learned about 9/11 because they were told about that day. That includes Zupkus who was four years old when Islamic terrorists crashed an airplane into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
“It’s really important to educate students by showing them the horrible images of what happened, showing them who attacked us, why they attacked us, and tying it to what’s happening present-day with Joe Biden in Afghanistan enabling these Islamic terrorists to once again take over the world and potentially putting America at risk of another attack.”
Not everyone has been a fan of YAF’s 9/11 Never Forget Project.
“A few years back we definitely had some pushback with schools not letting students do flags on school grounds, then saying our posters calling out radical Islamic terrorists was Islamophobic,” says Zupkus. “I think the media and these government-run schools are really working hand in hand to kind of try to sanitize what happened and we can’t depend on these public schools to carry on that memory of the lives lost because they don’t want to show those images of fear of offending Muslim students.”
Last week, a Virginia Department of Education 9/11 training video featured a professor saying “we’re not going to reproduce a false assumption of Muslim responsibility for 9/11.”
“We’re just going to begin right there and name that there is no responsibility and therefore we’re not going to use this space to try and untangle that,” said American University Professor Amaarah Decuir.
The professor – who said these are her opinions and do not reflect those of the Virginia Department of Education — also suggested teachers use the word “extremists” instead of “terrorists” when discussing the 9/11 attacks.
“It is so important that we don’t allow the left to change the narrative of what happened because it will allow it to happen again,” says Zupkus. “Head to YAF.org for a complete list of all the hundreds of schools that are signed up to participate, as well as information about the display we will be hosting on the national mall.”
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