Photo: Panoramic view of flag display, September 2021

Victor Valley College has kept up tradition and never forgetting those that had fallen on September 11, 2001. This year, the college marks 20 years of honoring the dead from Ground Zero in New York, the U.S. Pentagon, and an open field in Pennsylvania. 

Attached to each of the more than 3,000 flags that have been laid down on the adjacent lawn to the campus library are the names of each victim from September 11th, 2001. 

The flags provided have been courtesy of the Victor Valley College ASB.
The High Desert “United We Stand” 9/11 Memorial located in front of the VVC Library was designed by VVC student Joan Sowinski and funded by many supporters in the High Desert Community.
Assemblymember Thurston "Smitty" Smith spoke to at the site saying, "thank you very much to Robert Sewell for keeping the memory of 9/11 for the new generation that weren't there. Also, honoring the people who lost their lives that day. That tragic event unified the country. We need to be unified again without tragedy." 
In the past the campus has said that this is a time to pause to reflect on those lives lost on September 11, 2001. The participation from the community includes groups of students, faculty, staff and friends who help place about 3,000 symbolic flags on the hillside near the library.
The college says that the community is invited to come out to pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives. The flags will be on display on the campus until Tuesday, September 14, 2021.