The Delta Chi house on West Campus Road at the University of Kansas is a long way from New York City on this the 11th anniversary of 9/11. However, the hearts and minds of the fraternity’s brothers clearly were ground zero-ed today.
As the 2,996 American flags flapped in the strong southern wind, each waved a heartfelt tribute to a victim of that horrific day. Carefully planted row upon row, the flags filled the front yard giving pause to students racing to class and cars that normally whisk by the row of fraternities and sororities.
It took two hours Monday night and another two hours Tuesday morning to position each of the flags that represented someone who lost their life in the terrorist attack.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking,” said Coggins. “One box of flags arrived on time, but we had to pick up the other box this morning to finish it all.”
Considering that most of the members of the Delta Chi house were between seven and 11 years old on that fateful day, it is sad to realize how dramatically our country’s war on terrorism affected these young men’s lives. However, it was heartening to see in this somber, yet beautiful tribute, that those who lost their lives 11 years ago have never lost their importance.