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Brentwood Academy graduate recognized for 9/11 remembrance photo

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9/11 photo by Mercer Greene

A photo of a boy running through American flags by Mercer Greene.

Mercer Greene, a Brentwood Academy graduate and current freshman at Pepperdine University, recently captured breathtaking photos of flags displayed on campus to honor the victims of Sept. 11.

She was recognized by the university’s president for one photo in particular that shows a little boy running through the flags.

Having been born after 9/11 occurred, Greene grew up hearing about the impact the events had on every American on that day and how it changed the country. 

“Being a part of the memorial at Pepperdine was so special, seeing everyone walk through the flags. Talking and listening to people’s stories is something I will never forget. Specifically, the picture of the little boy running through the flags,” Greene said. “When I took the picture, I knew it was special, because like me, the little boy will never know what it was like that day, but we can learn, listen and be empathetic to those that were.”

This was the 14th consecutive year Pepperdine University commemorated the lives lost on Sept. 11 with the Waves of Flags display at Alumni Park on the Malibu, California campus. Nearly 3,000 flags will fly along Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road — one for each innocent victim, including a national flag for each foreign country that lost a citizen in the attack — until Saturday, Sept. 25. 

“On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation and the world were forever changed. Twenty years later, we continue to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives and the first responders who sacrificed everything for their country and fellow man,” Pepperdine University President Jim Gash said. “The hearts of Pepperdine University’s students, faculty and staff collectively break for that tragic loss we still feel today. May those who lost their lives and those left grieving be honored by our commemoration and know that Pepperdine stands with them.”

Greene is majoring in art at Pepperdine. The former editor of the yearbook at BA, she operates a photography business in addition to her studies. 

To view more of Greene’s photography, visit

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