HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Elementary students placed about 500 flags across the front lawn of their Holland-area school Wednesday morning as they remembered lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
“While they weren’t alive when the event happened, they will learn about it and continue learning about it,” Waukazoo Elementary Principal Sam Lemmon said.
The tradition started in 2002 and visitors can find images from years past of students placing flags in several yearbooks. They can also see pictures, paintings and flags in every classroom paying tribute to the lives lost on 9/11. Teachers say patriotism is a part of who they are as a school.
“Our kids didn’t survive that and hopefully will never have to survive something of that magnitude,” Lemmon said.
In the 17 years the school has been placing flags, about 50 teachers and 7,500 students have participated.
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