Southern Lehigh students honor victims of 9/11 terror attacks

Posted: 5:00 PM EDT Sep 11, 2013   Updated: 5:47 PM EDT Sep 11, 2013

A group of students at Southern Lehigh High School came together Wednesday to honor the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Hundreds of flags, one for each 9/11 victim, line Preston Lane in Center Valley. Organizers started placing the flags at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Close to 90 minutes later, all of the flags were in place, and people said it's another way to help them never forget.

Brycen Holland was 5-years-old when the planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

"You could see it in peoples' faces, and my parents were really quiet at home," said Holland, a junior at Southern Lehigh High School. "Everything just seemed wrong around me."

This year, Holland and other members of a national group, Young Americans for Freedom, set out to make a display to honor those who lost their lives.

"Immediately upon reading his proposal, I was thrilled with it," added Christine Siegfried, Southern Lehigh's principal. "I thought this would be really awesome."

The plan was to line Preston Lane in Center Valley with American flags.

"Each flag represents one soul that was lost in the 9/11 attacks," said Holland. "It's very humbling, and it really makes you value each human life.".

"It's very impressive to me that these kids came out and did this," said Leah Isaac, as she was taking pictures of the flags.

Isaac's son also helped with the display, but she didn't really get a chance to see it until Wednesday afternoon.

"I literally drove by and thought that each one of these flags represents a person who died," added Isaac. "It's just very humbling."

"I'm just glad that people are thinking about the lives that were lost and trying to really respect the people and families that are no longer around," said Holland. "The families that have been broken and the communities that have been splintered a little bit."

The group planned to remove the flags at sunset.

School officials said the group paid for the display with their own money.