Every so often, a school or university tries to ban the flag from its campus, and somehow thinks they’ll get away with it.
Last spring, a UC Irvine student board tried to remove a prominent campus flag because it intimidated illegal aliens. No joke. Heaven forbid the stars and stripes would hurt the tender feelings of law-breaking border crossers!
Well, here we go again. This time, however, it’s even more personal, because this time, it’s about 9/11.
Back in 2012, students at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign commemorated 9/11 by staking their quad with thousands of small flags, each representing a victim of the attacks. The 2012 event was so well received, students decided to bring it back this year.
Keep in mind, in 2001, current undergraduates were between four and eight years old. There’s a good chance they don’t even remember 9/11, yet they’re still taking the time to show they care about what happened.
And then their school spat on their idea. Despite the 2012 success, this year’s proposal was declared “against University Policy…due to the irrigation system.” Seriously?
Prepare yourself to beam with pride over what happened next.
The Illini Republicans student group mobilized and made several hundred calls to the Chancellor’s office, and over 10,000 other calls. According to the students, the university was “taken back” by the response, to say the least!
Not much later, the Illini Republicans published this victory statement on their Facebook page:
Thank you to everyone that has shown such a great support of our effort to hold a 9/11 memorial on the Quad. You efforts have been noticed by us and the University. Thankfully, we have reached an agreement that will allow us to place all 2,977 flags for each victim on the Quad on Friday.
That’s more like it.