High School Student Spearheads 9/11: Never Forget Project at WHS With 2,977 Flags

Published Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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Lance Coffey places flags in the ground with other club members on Thursday at 6 p.m., the evening before 9/11 anniversary. Photos by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

Lance Coffey, 17, was only four years old on Sept. 11, 2001. While Coffey barely remembers that day and didn’t understand what was happening, the tragedy made an indelible impact on Coffey later in life.

A senior at Watauga High School, Coffey formed the school club called the Young Americans for Freedom last year. On Thursday evening, Coffey and about a dozen others in the club, placed 2,977 American flags on the high school grounds.

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Members of Young Americans for Freedom that participated in the flag project at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

That number represents each person that was killed on 9/11 and the flags serve as a memorial.

“Well, I did it because I felt we needed a special memorial for 9/11 and we needed to remember it in a special way,” Coffey said.

The project is part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project of Young America’s Foundation. Coffey said that more than 150 clubs at universities and high schools across the country are participating in this project. The flag project is by far the biggest project of the Young America’s Foundation, Coffey said.

The Young America’s Foundation donated the flags to the school club at Watauga High School.

This morning, students, staff and teachers arrived at the Watauga High School and witnessed quite a site as nearly 3,000 American flags painted the grounds of the high school.

“I think they definitely took something from it and kind of realized how incredible of a memorial it is,” Coffey said.
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