Citizens of the Week: Laura Alton and Alvaro Cortez

Readers may have seen a photo in the Daily Citizen-News of the flags placed on the quad at Dalton State College, near the bell tower, on Sept. 11. The photo appeared on Sept. 12.

Two campus groups teamed up to place 2,977 flags on the quad, one for each of the victims killed in the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., on 9/11. Students Advocating for Volunteer Efforts (SAVE) and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) took on the task of helping the rest of us remember and honor those who fell.

Laura Alton, the chairwoman of YAF, and Alvaro Cortez, the committee chair for SAVE, pulled their organizations together to co-host a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on campus where a flag was placed for each of the 9/11 victims.

Cortez and SAVE also hosted a Day of Service to celebrate the unity that occurred on 9/12 following the tragedy. More than 45 students, including at least one representative from all registered student organizations on campus, volunteered at the following sites across Dalton: Habitat for Humanity, Lakeshore Community Garden, Dalton State Campus Garden Project and City of Refuge.

For their efforts to keep the memory of the victims of 9/11 alive and to create more unity both on campus and in the wider Dalton community, the Daily Citizen-News names Laura Alton and Alvaro Cortez Citizens of the Week.

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