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9/11 memorial in Malibu stops traffic

September 11, 2008 |  3:01 pm

They've been working on the memorial for days, close to 3,000 American flags placed in a precise grid on the vast, velvety lawn of Pepperdine University in Malibu. That's one for each victim of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the day life as we know it changed forever.

Kelsey_grammer_in_malibu_on_911 Drivers on PCH have watched as students and workers measured the lawn, set stakes and drew lines, placed markers and then measured again. This morning, commuters were met with the sight of the flags moving and snapping in a stiff ocean breeze. Drivers pulled over, pulled out cameras and formed impromptu groups as they watched in silence. "Beautiful," one woman said. "And terrible."

That's Kelsey Grammer in the photo, who stopped like the rest of us, moved by the sight, by the simplicity of it.

"I was on the way back from taking my children to school," Grammer said. "I just had to stop. Amazing, isn't it?"

Yes. And terrible, too.

--Veronique de Turenne

Top photo: Brian Vander Brug   Los Angeles Times