Annual Pepperdine University 9/11 Memorial Flag Display


Once again this year, Pepperdine University will honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with nearly 3,000 flags. This stunning tribute will be located at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road from September 9th through September 19th.

Pepperdine has planned additional 9/11 10th Anniversary Remembrance events this year as follows:

Pepperdine University is presenting a special 9/11 remembrance on Pepperdine's Malibu campus on Sunday, September 11, 2011 commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America. Amid a breathtaking display of 2,977 flags on the University's expansive lawn – honoring the victims and emergency responders who died on 9/11 – Pepperdine will present a reading of the victims' names beginning at 11:00 a.m. A total of 20 readers from service, charitable, religious, and professional organizations will join 15 individuals from the Pepperdine community in reading the names.

View of the flags at 6 p.m. on 9/10/11, the eve of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11:


At 4:00 p.m., Pepperdine will hold an hour-long memorial service commemorating the lives of our fallen heroes. The program will include remarks by Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton, California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, and Deena Burnett Bailey, whose husband, alumnus Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., was one of the heroes who perished on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Also scheduled is a 1 p.m. viewing of the film United 93 at Elkins Auditorium portraying the heroism of United Flight 93 crew and passengers who fought back against the terrorists. Actor Christian Clemenson, who portrayed Burnett, will discuss the film following the screening. Pepperdine's Heroes Garden, located on a bluff overlooking the central campus and the Pacific, will be open to visitors all day long except from 2 to 2:30 p.m. for a private ceremony.

A U.S. flag is placed for each American death and foreign country flags are placed for deaths of foreign nationals who fell victim to the attacks.  Local photographer Scott Harrison took these photos at the 2009 display. (Visit his site at