[Photo by Rudy Herndon / Moab Sun News]

Community leaders gathered in front of Grand County High School on Monday, Sept. 11, to remember the victims and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Moab City Police Chief Jim Winder (left) organized the impromptu memorial after he drove by the school and saw nearly 3,000 American flags that five GCHS juniors set up on the front lawn as a tribute to the victims of 9-11.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper Charlie Taylor, Grand County Sheriff’s Sgt. Levi Mallory, Moab City Police Cpl. Tom Nixon, Terri Nixon, Moab City Police Administrative Secretary II Cindy Montague, Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison and Grand County Council member Curtis Wells are also pictured.

GCHS Young Americans for Freedom members Braxten Pierce, Tanner Mascaro, Auburn Jackman, Jamie Day and Jarett Reidhead spent about three hours on Sunday, Sept. 10, planting the flags on the lawn.

Day said the students thanked officers and first responders who attended the memorial for all they do.