High school students honor 9/11 with flag display at MSHS

News

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — As you drive by Marquette Senior High School, you’ll find little American flags displayed on the school’s front lawn. There’s one for every person who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It’s a move some students are taking to pay respects in honor of the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

“This project really began last year when a senior, Justin Kasieta wrote a grant to do this project,” said Eric Hammerstrom, MSHS teacher. “We received 3,000 flags and we placed those in the lot in front of the school.”

The project ties into a book Hammerstrom’s sophomore English classes are reading, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a book about 9/11.

“Tenth graders were not born on September 11, 2001,” said Hammerstrom. “It’s truly history to them and I hope that they’ll understand the way the world changed because of September 11th and how many people it impacted. For everyone of those flags there’s a family who lost a dad, or a mom or a grandma or a grandpa. Or a grandma and grandpa who lost grandchildren….. But I don’t think when you talk numbers, when you say 2,996 people died, it’s just a number to kids. When you put the flags in the ground, the number becomes more concrete.”

The students put the flags up yesterday, and well respectfully take them down tomorrow.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.