Hollywood Painter Metin Bereketli at
Pepperdine University
Observing the Anniversary of September 11

with his original GOD BLESS AMERICA...

MALIBU, Calif.-- Honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Pepperdine University staged a dramatic display of American flags on its expansive lawn beneath the Phillips Theme Tower - one flag for each of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that tragic day.

The flags were on display September 11 to 18. The project was conceived and led by the University's chapter of the College Republicans. Their initiative, enthusiasm, and hard work, partnering with several other students, volunteers, and staff, make the 9/11 flag display a stunning tribute to those who lost their lives. In addition to including U.S. flags in the 2009 memorial, multi-national flags will be on display honoring the different nationalities of those who died during the attacks.

Hollywood's Healing Painter participated in the solemn observation with his unabashedly patriotic and original painting GOD BLESS AMERICA... The painting was received warmly by the art lovers who posed in groups in front of this unique hand-painted artwork...

As it has annually since September 2001, the University staged a brief prayer service on September 11 at the Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor sanctuary that overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one of the highest bluffs on the Malibu campus. The garden serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 including Tom Burnett, alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Burnett's heroism as a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 has been well documented. As a result of the passengers' attempt to take control of the hijacked airliner and divert it from reaching the terrorists' target, United 93 crashed in a field in Pennsylvania rather than striking a building or landmark in the nation's capital, causing more loss of human life.




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