Emily McConville | September 12, 2016
Notre Dame’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter started early Sunday morning, planting 2,977 American flags on South Quad in memory of the 2,977 people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
As they worked, the bell of the Basilica tolled, ending at the moment a hijacked plane struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York 15 years earlier.
Several minutes later, a prayer service in memory of the victims began. The Notre Dame Marching Band played the National Anthem. University president emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy welcomed the several dozen who ringed the sidewalks around the quad, including Notre Dame police officers and firefighters.