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Pepperdine plants annual Waves of Flags display

Volunteers Jensen Myers (left), Luke Seidman (middle) and Aileen Blomdal plant a flag Saturday, Sept. 10, on the lawn of Pepperdine University in Malibu. Photos by Marshall Thompson/22nd Century Media
Volunteers, many of whom also participated in Pepperdine’s Step Forward Day, gather at the university’s Alumni Park to plant flags on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Waves of Flags features 2,977 full-size flags, including 2,887 American flags and 90 international flags representing those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Waves of Flags will be open to the public for viewing and visitation at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road until the evening of Monday, Sept. 25.
Waves of Flags commemorates the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Submitted by Pepperdine University
9:18 am PDT September 12, 2017

Pepperdine University put its patriotism on display Saturday, Sept. 9, when more than 200 volunteers planted the annual Waves of Flags installation at Alumni Park. 

The display commemorates the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Waves of Flags features 2,977 full-size flags — 2,887 American flags for each American life lost and 90 various international flags representing the home countries of those from abroad who died in the 9/11 attacks, the university noted.

Pepperdine faculty, staff, students and Malibu community members came together to install the display — a tradition since 2008, when the Pepperdine College Republicans installed it.

“Waves of Flags lands on the University’s day of service, Step Forward Day, creating a great opportunity for the Pepperdine community to come together and reflect on the events of 9/11,” said Doug Hurley, associate dean of students for Student Activities and Campus Recreation at Pepperdine.

The university also houses Heroes Garden, a public space for visitors to reflect and honor all those who live heroic lives, including Pepperdine alumnus Thomas E. Burnett Jr. (MBA ’95), a passenger on United Flight 93 whose life was cut short in the 9/11 attacks.

Waves of Flags will be open to the public for viewing and visitation at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road until the evening of Monday, Sept. 25.