Almost 3,000 flags, one for each person killed in the 9/11 attacks, appeared on the Pepperdine University lawn this weekend. Created seven years ago by then-student Ryan Sawtelle, with the help of friends and fellow Young Republicans, the memorial draws thousands of visitors and has gained international renown.
Here's a nice piece from Malibu Patch about Sawtelle and his friends, published back in 2012. Sawtelle went on to found the White Heart Foundation, which rallies community support for veterans in need. The Ride to the Flags, one of the groups' annual events, is set for Sept. 14 this year.
Fair warning -- if you're planning to visit the flag display today, expect heavy traffic. As of this morning, PCH is still down to a single lane in each direction at Corral Canyon, where repairs of a failed power pole are still in progress.