Campuses Commemorate 9/11--But Not Ivy League's Harvard, Brown, Penn

Jeffrey Meyer
By Jeffrey Meyer | September 11, 2013 | 10:47 AM EDT

With today marking the 12th anniversary of September 11, the conservative Young America's Foundation (YAF) is holding its annual "Never Forget Project" on over 100 college campuses. The goal is simple; to help "students across the country properly remember the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks."

Students plant one 9/11 flag for each victim

YAF groups are honoring those that died on September 11 in a variety of ways, such as displaying an "American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 American flags representing each person tragically killed in the terrorist attacks," the YAF website notes.

Other initiatives include scheduling a campus-wide moment of silence or prayer and providing members of the community with free buttons, posters and other materials to distribute on the anniversary. Young America's Foundation established the "Never Forget Project" in 2003 when "we discovered that most college campuses were either completely ignoring the anniversary or holding a politically correct event instead."

While there are more than one-hundred schools participating in the annual event there are some prominent schools that remain absent from the list. Five of the eight Ivy League schools - Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania - have not announced plans to participate in the "Never Forget Project."

Harvard has no official 9/11 memorial event - but found time on Sept. 11 to host a "Politics of Transitions in the Middle East" event. Likewise, instead of holding an official 9/11 event, Brown found time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup and the University of Pennsylvania is hosting an event entitled "The World In Posts."

9/11 flag memorial

In contrast, Yale and Princeton are holding official events on their campuses to remember September 11.

Regardless of whether it's through an official event, every American should take time today to remember and honor the 2,977 innocent Americans who died on that September day 12 years ago.

We will never forget.