17 Years, 2,977 Flags, 1 Unified Community

Terry Scholars and students of the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College completed a service project on campus in honor of those lost during the tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, 2001.

The 9/11 Remembrance Projectrequired 2,977 American flags planted directly in front of the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building in the areas around the Sam Houston State University clock tower. The placement of the flags took place on Monday afternoon in an effort to help the Sam community remember the attacks that occurred seventeen years ago.

Project founder and Honors College Ambassador President Kayla McCarns planned and organized the project in its entirety.

“It is important to remember [9/11] while we experience the environment in which the country currently finds itself,” McCarns said.

She began working on the 9/11 Remembrance Project last semester. She shared her idea with her co-workers and supervisors at the Honors College office where she found the resources, funding and support she needed to make the project a reality.

Many noticed the project well before it was complete. Almost immediately after the service project began, SHSU’s Alumni Association went live on Facebook and shared the project with over 3,500 people. In this video, volunteers can be seen actively working together to measure the distance between flags before planting them. The list of volunteers included Honors students, Honors Deans, Honors Ambassadors and Terry Scholars.

“Though the service project itself seems rather simple, the planning and permissions behind it were tedious to complete,” McCarns said. “I am grateful for the contributions made by every individual who helped.”

McCarns’ requests to execute this project on university grounds went through many departments including Facilities Management, Student Activities, Student Affairs and, finally, the President’s Office. The completion of the service project was a community effort led by the Honors College.

Like McCarns stated, in today’s environment it is important to be aware of the community around us. This 9/11 Remembrance Project is a physical demonstration of the united community present here at Sam Houston State University.

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