On our way up to Oxnard to visit friends, we came across a sea of flags. The flags were all placed into a hillside fronting Pepperdine University in Malibu. It was something we knew nothing about. After learning the purpose, we were amazed at the symbolism.
There were 2,977 flags.
Each flag represented the country from which a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks came from. Without a doubt, there was a vast majority of American flags. But you could easily see foreign flags intermixed in the group. They were all waving in the breeze as equals — a reminder and dedication to all of those who lost their life.
It was 4 days after September 11th when we saw the flags. We have come to learn that the following day a large contingent of bike riders would ride to these flags from Point Mugu Naval Base. The ride is called the “Ride to the Flags” and has been going on since the flags have been erected at Pepperdine University in 2008. Thousands of bike riders have taken part in this ride.
2,977 lives honored in a very glorious way.