Step Forward Day

Over the weekend, I participated in a Pepperdine tradition called Step Forward Day. This year more than 1600 volunteers “stepped forward” for a day of service. I went with my Freshman Seminar classmates and professor to a nursing home. We decorated their bulletin board, played games and socialized with the patients, and took a few patients on a field trip to the park! It was something simple for us to do yet such a rewarding experience as well.

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After we got back from the nursing home, we helped put up flags on our campus in honor of those who died eleven years ago on September 11. Five years ago, a Pepperdine student established a tradition to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks. The Wave of Flags includes 2,977 flags to represent each individual death on that day. Standing in the middle of it all and raising several flags myself, I couldn’t help but feel the magnitude of the lives lost that day. It was truly heartbreaking.

I will be forever grateful for all the heroes that took a “step forward” that day without a second of hesitation in order to save lives of strangers. They are the reason I am proud to be an American.

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