It's hard to believe but this year is the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Since September 11 falls on a Sunday this year, we will mark the day as a school community on September 9. On that day, we will gather outside at 7:45am for a prayer, the raising of the flag to half staff by Mr. Clement of our Facilities Department, the singing of the National Anthem by our choir, and the playing of "Taps" by Megan Menard '13.
The main part, however, will be the placing of the first of 2,977 American flags into the ground. Throughout the day, students, faculty, staff, family, friends, alumni, etc. are invited to come to Campus Ministry to pick up some flags to place on the front lawn of the school. The 2,977 represents the number of innocent victims of that horrible day. It should be a powerful sight to see the school lawn fill up throughout the day with close to 3,000 flags. The flags will remain up over the weekend and later will be used to decorate the graves of local veterans.
At the end of the day, we will gather again outside for the final flag placing by Mr. Mailloux and a final song by the choir.
As you can imagine, 3,000 flags can be expensive and we're asking if students and faculty would consider making a donation of $1 to help with the cost. But of course, everyone is welcome to place flags regardless of whether or not you can make a donation.
Please join us as we mark this solemn day.