NEWFANE (WKBW) This weekend in Western New York, there are many tributes planned to remember the 10th anniversary of September 11th. But in Newfane, there is proof that a small act of remembrance in a small community can mean big things in the hearts and minds of its residents.
One American flag becomes ten. Then hundreds. Then thousands in front of Newfane High School. Students there, many who can barely remember the 9/11 attacks, placed nearly three thousand flags in front of the high school on Friday.
"As a younger generation, and generations to come, we cannot forget the victims of 9/11and the heroes that saved so many lives that day," Sophomore Jordan Camarre said.
"It's wonderful to see a project like this come to fruition. Especially when you see students working with parents and teachers and community members coming out for something like this. It's all good," parent Nola Avernhamer said.
It is a small token of remembrance to those who lost their lives on the day ten years ago that changed the face of
"Just look at it. It's three thousand flags. That's three thousand people who aren't alive anymore. It's a way to remember them and never forget," Freshman Emily Finiki said.
"It's so good that one school can do something so good. And we can spread it through the whole country and make everyone remember," Freshman Joel Swogier said.
The memorial was so moving that people felt compelled to stop and admire.
"I was just driving by, saw all of these flags out here and had to come back because it's such a wonderful thing," Newfane resident Debbie Flagler said.
The display is a part of "9/11 Never Forget," a national organization dedicated to honoring the victims of the tragedy.
And though Newfane High School enrolls less than 700 students, those involved in the project know the impact of the tribute is far greater.
"Even a small rural high school can come together and show that we care. We all do care. And we won't ever forget," Emily Finiki said.