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This 9/11 memorial in LA was destroyed by vandals

Nearly 3,000 American flags were placed on Saturday all around Occidental College, in Los Angeles, CA, to honor the memory of each of the victims who died in the September 11th terrorism attacks -- but late that night the members of the Occidental College Republican Club found the flags vandalized.

In addition to the vandalism, there were also fliers with pictures of the World Trade Center that read, “R.I.P. The 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11. R.I.P. the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn’t do.”

The members of the Republican club felt this was an attack on the memorial rather than the club itself, so they rebuilt the display this time with more information, including info about the number of Iraqis killed, “to more deeply remember the event that occurred on 9/11 as well as the lives that were lost within and outside of the United States as a result of those attacks,” the student group said to the Los Angeles Times.

But the incident has ignited a heated debate over the use of the American flag as a symbol of memorial.

The student group, Coalition at Oxy for Diversity and Equity, felt the act disregarded the various people at the university who were impacted by the history of the United States.

They said:

"From Native students whose land was stolen to undocumented students who live in fear of deportation to black students who see their communities destroyed by state-sanctioned murder, this school is saying your fear and trauma do not matter here.”

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This 9/11 memorial in LA was destroyed by vandals

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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