YAF's 9/11 Memorial Vandalized at Michigan State

Brittany M. Hughes | September 14, 2022
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Someone – presumably left-leaning judging by their message – vandalized a Young Americas Foundation’s 9/11 memorial for the second year in a row.

Because apparently, requesting just one day of respectful remembrance for nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken by terrorists is too much to ask.

YAF posted to Twitter a photo of the group’s memorial at Michigan State, a large rock that the school’s chapter had decorated Sunday with an image of the American flag with the captions, “2,977 lives” and “Never Forget.”

The marker was part of YAF’s nationwide 9/11: Never Forget Project, in which local chapters erect monuments and remembrances on campuses across the country. The coast-to-coast effort, which has been done every year since 2003, has spurred countless acts of vandalism.

By Tuesday, the Michigan State marker had been defaced with more paint reading, “461,000 Iraqi civilians” along with two bloody handprints. Not long afterward, the university collected and threw away the American flags the YAF chapter had set around the stone.

Michigan State Young Americans for Freedom chapter president Jaryn Crouson told the Washington Free Beacon that the vandalism only underscores why the group continues to paint memorials every year on 9/11, explaining, “There are many people who don’t think this event should be remembered or don’t see the significance of it – that’s why we do what we do."

Last year, vandals reportedly scrawled out the “Never” in “Never Forget,” and painted the word “Israel” over the American flag.