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C of O to fly Nearly 3,000 Flags on 9-11

To remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, the College of the Ozarks will be hosting a day long ceremony to honor those taken by the tragedy.  KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

Nearly 3,000 flags will be placed outside the College’s Alumni Center, one for each person who died during the attacks.  The college has held the event for several years as a reminder to the public of the tragedy. Elizabeth Hughes is spokeswoman for C of O.

“ We think that it is important that Americans do not forget events such as 9-11 and we want to pay respect and memorialize those who lost their lives in the attacks and those who lost their lives trying to save others in the attacks,” says Hughes.

The event will last all day, says Hughes, and will start with a special flag raising ceremony.

“The ceremony will include some brief remarks by college president Dr. Jerry C Davis.  It will also include a raising of the official 9-11 remembrance flag, we fly it every September 11th.  And it will include area emergency personnel EMT, firemen, police officers, that will help put together a cross with small children who will carry flags out the cross and place them in the cross. And we feel like that’s an important symbolic event to do that so that 9-11 does not get lost in the sands of time,” says Hughes.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on September 11that the Alumni Center parking lot of the college located in Point Lookout, Missouri and will continue throughout day.  

For KSMU’ News, I’m Matthew Barnes.