2,977 American flags lined the University of Illinois Springfield quad Friday; one for each of the victims who lost their life, during the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC., and Pennsylvania.
"This is an event that, you know, changed American history. We actually realized this morning, the freshman here this year are the first group that was not in kindergarten, so they would have been in pre-school when it happened. So we fell it's important to make sure remembering this carries on and we never forget it," said Nathan Hoffman with UIS College Republicans.
The display was organized by UIS' College Republicans and the National Young America's foundation.
This story appeared on WICS Newschannel 20 on September 11, 2015.
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