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Newz Forum: OTHER: Sporting world remembers victims of Sept. 11 attacks

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posted on Sep, 12 2004 @ 10:02 AM
On the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the victims were remembered and honored in sporting events around the country and the world.

In Baltimore, the New York Yankees wore commemorative hats with an American flag on the side during their game against the Orioles.

"It seems that you can say that it's only three years, and yet it seems like yesterday and yet it seems like it's been with us our whole life," Yankees manager Joe Torre said Saturday. "You certainly need to move on, but taking a moment to say a prayer or think back to that horrible day three years ago, it's something that unfortunately, our children are going to have to grow up with for their whole life."

At the U.S. Open in New York, a tribute to the city's police and fire departments was held between the second and third set of the men's semifinal between Lleyton Hewitt and Joachim Johansson. The New York Mets honored relatives of victims, as well as survivors of the attacks, before their game with Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld helped NASCAR mark 9/11 by leading the pledge of allegiance before the Chevrolet 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

After attending the driver meeting, Rumsfeld posed for dozens of pictures on pit road before the race.

In Pittsburgh, Kenny Nacke, whose brother Louis was among the passengers killed when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., threw out the first pitch for the Astros-Pirates game. Earlier in the day, about 1,500 gathered in the field where the fourth plane went down on Sept. 11, killing 40 passengers and crew.

The family of World Trade Center victim Wendy Faulkner threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers-Reds game in Cincinnati. Husband Lynn Faulkner and daughters Loren and Ashley threw a pitch to Reds first baseman Sean Casey.

The Reds also ran a video piece on Ken Griffey Jr.'s relationship with the family of New York City firefighter Kenny Marino, who died in the attacks. Marino was one of Griffey's biggest fans.

In Chicago, the U.S. flag above the scoreboard in center field was at half-staff for the Marlins-Cubs game and five large American flags hung from different rooftops overseeing Wrigley Field.

A five-person color guard stood behind home plate and a moment of silence was observed before God Bless America and the national anthem were sung.

Several college football games featured tributes. Fans observed a moment of silence at the UCLA-Illinois game in Champaign, Ill., and at the Arizona State-Northwestern game in Evanston, where it was officially designated Heroes' Day at Ryan Field.

Stark black and white shots from the terrorist attacks passed in silence on the video board before the game between Marshall and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The flag was lowered to half-staff while the Ohio State Marching Band played "Taps."

An "honor platoon" which included military, police, fire and rescue personnel presented a flag which bore the names of all the Americans killed on 9/11.

Fans in Iowa City, Iowa, and Lincoln, Neb., took a more vocal approach. Nearly 70,000 football fans rose in unison at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium to cheer a flag and three firefighters.

The three New York City firefighters, outfitted in their blue uniforms, marched out of the north end zone before the Iowa-Iowa State game in front of a faded American flag that was unearthed in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

"To me it means a lot," said Denny Hansen, an Iowa City firefighter who took part in the pregame ceremony. "We lost a lot of brothers and sisters that day."

In Lincoln, the Cornhusker marching band performed a patriotic salute to the United States. Fans held up red, white and blue placards during the national anthem to form an American flag design in the stadium.

The lone NFL game featured a flag shaped like the United States that covered much of the field before the Titans-Dolphins game, as fans sang the national anthem. The Rev. Leo Armbrust led a pregame prayer: "We remember especially today with respect and sadness what happened three years ago, and we mourn the loss of those who died. We pray for their souls, and comfort those who lost loved ones."

In Valencia, Spain, Olympic gold-medal cyclist Tyler Hamilton marked the anniversary after his time trial win at the Spanish Vuelta. During an interview with a Spanish television station, he dedicated his win to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

posted on Sep, 12 2004 @ 02:14 PM
Canada and the Czechs each wore 9/11 crests on their jerseys last night.

posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 10:06 AM
the sining before the games and the flags and such were nice touches


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