Never Forget, Even If You Can’t Remember

An American flag in the plaque of names on the edge of the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, September 9, 2014. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
9/11 is at once history mentioned in our textbooks and a horror that we lived through.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s you read this today, I’ll be at my alma mater in Ithaca, N.Y., helping the Cornell College Republicans and Democrats plant 2,977 flags in memory of the innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001. It will be the first time that we take on this particular task — in past years we’ve used far fewer flags — but it will be just the next incarnation of a long tradition of honoring the dead and giving back to those who rose to the occasion in the aftermath of the attacks by raising money for their local Veterans of Foreign Wars