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Pics: 9/11 memorial vandalized at Michigan State University

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
September 15, 2022

A 9/11 memorial at Michigan State University was defaced this week for the second year in a row following the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

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The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Michigan State erected a memorial for 9/11, which featured an American flag and the phrase “Never Forget” painted on a large rock, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The group also set up 2,977 flags around the memorial to honor the victims killed in the attacks. 

Two days after the tragic event’s anniversary, vandals spray painted the memorial with red paint, writing, “461,000 Iraqi civilians.” The vandals also defaced the memorial with red handprints. 

Jaryn Crouson, president of the university’s Young Americans for Freedom group, told the Washington Free Beacon that the graffiti demonstrated the memorial’s importance. 

“There are many people who don’t think this event should be remembered or don’t see the significance of it,” Crouson said. “That’s why we do what we do.”

After the memorial was vandalized, Michigan State University told landscapers to throw away the 2,977 American flags, asserting the memorial was “abandoned.”

“The fact that the university felt 48 hours was too long to display a 9/11 memorial is appalling,” Crouson added.

A university spokesman said the school “supports freedom of speech in all forms,” adding that there is “no rule in place that would limit the speech on the rock.”

A new video released this week showed multiple young Americans expressing apathy over the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 American civilians, with one even asserting that younger generations “hate the military” and “hate America,” which is why “nobody cares” about 9/11 and the U.S. “deserved” it.

“Nobody cares about [9/11] because a lot of us understand the reality behind what happened,” one young American said in a video posted on the Twitter account Freedom Videos. The young American added that the United States “deserved” the deadly attack because of “how much we did to other countries.”