Why would a college have to be pressured into allowing a 9/11 memorial?

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Public outcry forces university to back down, allow American flags for 9/11 victims

What did the University of Illinois find so offensive about honoring the victims of 9/11?

It took a public campaign via Facbook and old-fashioned telephone calls to get university officials to relent and take back a decision to try to stop a conservative group on campus from honoring those who died the day terrorists hijackers flew commercial airliners packed with passengers into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Only the courage of passengers aboard a fourth hijacked plane prevented the attack from being even worse.

On Sunday, the College Republicans of the the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced its intention to hold a flag-planting ceremony at the university quad Friday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attack.

The idea was to plant one American flag foreach of the victims who died that day — 2,977 flags in all.

Two days later, however, the students hit a snag, and posted:

Developing Story: University of Illinois denies College Republicans permission to plant American Flags on the Quad for a 9/11 remembrance project. More details soon…

The chancellor’s office received hundreds of phones calls, according to Truth Revolt, leading to its decision to allow the ceremony. In order to save face, however, the university said it will allow the flags to be planted around the perimeter of the quad, which was essentially what the Illini Republicans planned to do all along.

The volunteers who will be planting the flags were committed to doing so with or without the university’s permission, irrigation concerns be damned, Truth Revolt reported.