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ITHACA, NY — This weekend, members of the Ithaca College Community will gather to plant 2,977 American flags on the academic quad.

The memorial, organized by IC Young Americans for Liberty, remembers the lives of civilians lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“The memorial is an opportunity for unity on campus,” said Sean Themea, ’16, Midwest Regional Director for YAL and founding member of ICYAL. “Many IC students were personally affected by this tragedy, and we must never forget those whose lives were unjustly taken.”

“When I was in first grade, my dad picked me up from school after the first plane hit just in time to watch the second plane hit on our walk home,” said David Heffernan, current president of ICYAL. “Working in Tribeca in the shadow of One World Trade, I am constantly reminded of the friends my family lost. This is our way of giving back to all those who were affected.”

ICYAL will put up flags for the fallen this Sunday, the anniversary of this tragic day, starting at 10AM. Students or Ithaca College faculty are encouraged to gather at this time on the academic quad to help members of ICYAL set up the flags.

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