CEDAR GROVE, N.J. (WBNG/CBS) — As communities across the country remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, a group of New Jersey high school students, who weren’t alive when the attacks happened, are doing their part to never forget.
Students are planting 2,977 flags on the front lawn of cedar grove high school in New Jersey, one for each person killed in the terrorist attacks. More than 90 countries lost citizens. With each flag, a moment to reflect on those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Junior Brian Catanzarite doesn’t remember that day. He wasn’t alive 18 years ago, but this display helps convey the impact on so many lives. Catanzarite said, “not only is it a person it’s the whole family so you just want to keep in mind why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for.”
It hits close to home for senior Francesca Catrone. Her father has told her about working downtown on 9/11. Cartone said, “he saw the buildings collapse and to think that this could be happening right now in real life and to put that into perspective, anything could happen in the blink of an eye.”
Now in its fifth year, cedar grove waves are organized by resident and parent David Schoner. “When you come here you see the magnitude of every flag, it stays with you and it causes a conversation,” Schoner said.
A new addition to the project last year, a four-foot piece of steel from the remnants of the world trade center.
“I can’t recreate for you what most of us experienced. Where students get involved in presentations for their classmates,” Principal Richard Mangili said, “it’s an important part of the school’s 9/11 remembrance. We want to educate our students and never forget our victims.”
Cedar grove students are learning where their responsibility begins.
Catanzarite said, “as we get older it will be our job to tell the story of what happened.”
And the flags honoring the victims will help them tell the story.
The entire project, which takes 8-10 days to assemble, will remain in place for the next several weeks.