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Columbia Remembers 9/11

Thirteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the Columbia University College Republicans have once again set up American flags along the grass on College Walk. The 2,997 flags commemorate the lives lost during 9/11. CUCR was spotted last night setting up the flags early to be present for the entire day.

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  • I love this says:

    @I love this one of the rare instances where I’m on the same page as CUCR. Bravo.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m pretty sure that 9/11 is a really shitty day to have a “Free Palestine” demonstration on campus. Oooh so edgy reading off names of dead Palestinians in the middle of campus on 9/11. I’m not surprised though. Congratulations, you’re assholes.

  • but why says:

    @but why can’t understand why SJP is doing this today. lets let 9/11 just be about 9/11. To do anything else is to disrespect every life that was lost.

  • Student says:

    @Student Disappointed by the Palestinian flag waver at the reading of names–there are 364 other days to protest, why co-opt this day’s suffering for your own political cause?

    1. Heisenberg says:

      @Heisenberg You a freshman? Because get used to it, this is the most classic SJP thing you will ever see.

      1. hundreds of civilians died in gaza this summer says:

        @hundreds of civilians died in gaza this summer …but so did hundreds of terrorists. do you think SJP is leaving out their names, or are they memorializing radical islamists while we mourn 9/11?

  • CC '16 says:

    @CC '16 This is welcome, it is vital and it hits me hard every time. This is coming from a New Yorker who went through and thinks that the cult of remembering it can still get overblown. This gesture is just right

  • CC'13 says:

    @CC'13 Beautiful gesture, but careful–none of the flag proper (i.e. everything but the stick”) is allowed to touch the ground. EVER.

    1. uh oh says:

      @uh oh who is going to dispose of them after midnight, and how? you can’t throw it in the trash or burn it or you could get sued

      1. CUCR Senior says:

        @CUCR Senior I kept the flags from last year and we will do the same again.

  • (Un)popular opinion?! says:

    @(Un)popular opinion?! I commend the CUCR peeps for taking the time to do something to commemorate the lives lost, but I still think it’s kind of weird that they’re putting up American flags. I feel that something like a memorial should aim to be inclusive, and this just isn’t. Many people affected by the attack were not Americans/might not appreciate the political branding of their experience. Again, I absolutely agree that there should be a space for people to grieve, but I’m just not sure that this is very respectful considering the many complex narratives that surround an event like 9/11.

    1. CC'13 says:

      @CC'13 Not everything is a potential tool for multicultural promotion. I’m far from a patriot, in fact America is straight whack most of the time, but this is an American day. Pure and simple. Just let it be.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous It’s unnecessary to couch grief over 9/11 in irrational pro-American nationalism — especially when that same nationalism not long ago was used as a pretext to violate The Constitution and start a horrific war.

        We ought to view today not as a day when Americans died, but as a day when people died.

        1. Comments like these says:

          @Comments like these Are why columbia is not the real world. Don’t use this day as a platform for your political ideology–we are remembering the Americans that lost their lives less than 10 miles from campus

          1. Recent Alum says:

            @Recent Alum To be fair, OP does have a bit of a point. It wasn’t just Americans who died that day. Of the 2980 deaths attributed to September 11, 2001 (excluding the hijackers), 372 non-US citizens died, representing 90 countries. It would make more sense for those 372 to be memorialized by their flag, rather than the US flag. That said, bravo CUCR.

      2. You're "straight whack" says:

        @You're "straight whack" All of the time

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lovely gesture.

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