Waves of Flags - Sept 2-21, 2023 - Pepperdine, Malibu


The flags commemorate each innocent victim killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, including a national flag for each foreign country that lost a citizen in the attack.

Flags will be displayed from September 2–21, 2023

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Alumni Park | Monday, September 11, 2023 | 9 - 10 AM (PDT)

This year, the University will welcome a distinguished honoree and speaker, actor and producer Chris Pratt, who will share his remarks on the historic occasion. The ceremony will also feature remarks from president Jim Gash and director of Student Veteran Affairs Eric Leshinsky. Attendees are invited to walk through the Waves of Flags display prior to or following the ceremony to pay tribute to the lives lost with prayer and reflection.

The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is closed to the public, and registration is required to attend. Register today to be part of this moving event.


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Each September, Pepperdine stages the Waves of Flags display honoring the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, with nearly 3,000 flags in Alumni Park 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.


Join fellow faculty and staff, alumni, students, parents, and community members in the beloved Pepperdine tradition of raising and lowering the annual Waves of Flags display.

Waves of Flags 2023: Flag Raising
Saturday, September 2, 2023
10 AM–1 PM

Waves of Flags 2023: Flag Lowering
Thursday, September 21, 2023
10 AM–1 PM
Register for Flag Lowering

A Pepperdine Tradition

Started by students in 2008, Waves of Flags has become a Pepperdine tradition, one that attracts attention and admiration from across the country. It has come to transcend the commemoration of a single tragic day. The display educates both students and people far beyond our campus about the history of our country and the overwhelming sacrifices that heroic men and women have made to keep it safe, prosperous, and free.

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