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CHS students place 2977 flags in 9 11 Memorial installation

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After school on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Chesterton High School (CHS) staff and student volunteers, under the direction of CHS support staff member Mary Beth Whitmer, continued the tradition the O'Keefe family began in 2007 of placing 2,977 small U.S. flags in the grassy area in front of the CHS Stadium along 11th St. in Chesterton. Each flag bears the name of a soul lost 18 years ago in the tragic attacks on America. The flags will be on display until the end of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The school has started placing the flags on the afternoon the day before so that there are plenty of volunteers to help with placement of the 2,977 individual flags. Students and members of the CHS staff realize the importance of continuing this tradition in our community. Students from several student organizations and other students were there to help on Tuesday.

History of the Commemoration

Kathleen O’Keefe (2008 CHS Grad) initiated the first commemoration. At the time she was a charter member of the CHS Conservative Club and was assisted in part by her sister Colleen O’Keefe (2011 CHS Grad) and several other volunteers. Together they approached businesses and individuals to donate money to purchase the flags and secured permission from school administration. Colleen continued the tradition, coordinating volunteers and working with the school planning the event. In 2012, their sister, Kasey O’Keefe (2015 CHS Grad) began coordinating the event, approaching students and faculty for volunteers, gaining administration permission and serving as public relations officer. Several volunteers gave their time and energy to this memorial, including sister Hayley O’Keefe. Hayley continued the tradition until 2016 when she also graduated from CHS.



Posted 9/11/2019





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