On the Back Quad on September 11, 2014, there was a flag presentation to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack thirteen years ago, including servicemen and victims in the buildings. Students could contribute to this day by buying flags. All the proceeds will be going to a charity named “Voices.” This foundation supports families who are affected by terrorism, not just in the United States, but also around the world. It not only works to improve communities, but also to prepare, respond and recover from other acts of mass violence and disasters.
A table right outside of the Commons had flags being sold for 50 cents a piece. The goal was to sell 2,977 flags, which was the exact numbers of those affected in New York City. The flags were placed in a 9/11 pattern on the back quad as a display for the remembrance. Brittany Piro, Junior at Roanoke College and chairmen of College Republics, spearheaded this idea and bought the flags with Student Activities and Colket Center. Late Wednesday night, the flags were laid in the ground in anticipation of the remembrance on Thursday. Over 100 students donated to the cause by buying a flag and supporting “Voices”.
This will be the first year Roanoke College is participating in this type of an event. Other colleges around the U.S., partake in this flag display each year. The Old Virginia Brick Company in Salem has steel beams from the 33rd to 36th floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center which support a flagpole on the front lawn of a brick company. The plaque in the flagpole is dedicated to the fallen civilians and professionals. This will be the 13th year the traditional ceremony for remembrance will occur at Memorial Plaza in NYC, where every name of those who were lost are read by family members, friends, and political leaders. Each year it is opened solely for family members whose loved ones died, but this year it will also be opened to the public after 6:00pm to pay their respects.