Annual Waves of Flags Display at Pepperdine University September 7 to 25, 2019


From September 7 through September 25, 2019, Pepperdine’s Alumni Park at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road will have on display the Annual Waves of Flags installation to commemorate the lives lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

On Wednesday, September 11th, at 8:30 AM, Pepperdine University will host a memorial service on its Malibu Campus at Alumni Park (24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu) to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The service will honor those who still grieve and commemorate the heroes whose courageous acts prevented further loss of life during the historic tragedy. The ceremony, led by University chancellor Sara Young Jackson, will also recognize the annual Waves of Flags display at Alumni Park and include the planting of the final flag by American singer and longtime University friend Pat Boone.

Each year, Waves of Flags features 2,977 full-size flags—2,887 American flags for each American life lost and 90 international flags representing the home countries of individuals from abroad who died in the 9/11 attacks.

The installation became a Pepperdine tradition in 2008 when the school’s College Republicans group organized to bring the tribute to the campus.

On Saturday, September 7th, a group of more than 200 volunteers, including Pepperdine faculty, staff, students, and Malibu community members, will join together to install and raise the flags as part of Step Forward Day, the University’s annual day of service.

In addition to the Waves of Flags installation, Pepperdine is the permanent home of the Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., Heroes Garden, a public space for visitors to reflect and honor all those who live heroic lives, including namesake and Pepperdine alumnus Thomas Burnett (MBA ’95), a passenger on United Flight 93 who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks.