The University of Illinois relented, thanks to public outcry, after refusing to let students plant American flags in honor of 9/11 victims.
According to reports, students in the group Illini Republicans at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced that they would hold a flag-planting ceremony at the school’s quad on Friday, in remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. About 2,977 flags would be flown in total — one for each victim.
Two days after announcing the ceremony, the group revealed that they were denied permission to plant the flags on the quad.
A school official subsequently sent an email to the group, explaining that it was “against University Policy to stick anything in the ground due to the irrigation system,” and reportedly offering alternatives that involved cups with sand to stick the flags in.
The students created a petition and began phoning their objections to the chancellor’s office and on Wednesday, the decision was reversed.
According to reports, hundreds of phone calls were made to the chancellor’s office in support of the students’ ceremony.
The flags were ultimately planted in the ground as intended, and the ceremony was held.