Ravens, NFL Planning 9/11 Tributes

The Ravens will join all NFL teams in remembering Sept. 11 this Sunday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 1 vs Steelers

The Ravens will join clubs around the NFL with a series of tributes this Sunday to honor the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The games and broadcasts on opening weekend will unite fans to recognize those who lost their lives, honor the families that lost loved ones and salute those who contributed to America’s recovery.

All of Sunday’s games will feature a special video introduction followed by performances of “Taps” from near the sites of the attacks, and moments of silence.

NFL Coaches Remember September 11, 2001
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For the 1:00 p.m. games, “Taps” will be performed in Shanksville, Pa., while the 4:15 p.m. games will feature a rendition from Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

The Sunday night game will include a performance from Hoboken, N.J., looking across the Hudson River to Ground Zero. Coaches, players and local first responders and other heroes will come together to hold field-length American flags for the playing of the National Anthem prior to each game.

The Ravens’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers has a noted significance, as the Steelers are located approximately 80 miles from Shanksville.

Inside M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens will give fans in attendance a small American flag and a yowie (aka bandana). The Marching Ravens band and Ravens cheerleaders will perform to patriotic music, a 100-yard American flag will be unfurled and the team will welcome first responders from across the state, members of the military from several bases in the area and representatives of the Wounded Warrior project.

In addition, players, coaches and sideline personnel will wear a special NFL 9/11 ribbon, while the logo will also be featured on the field.

This weekend marks the second time Sept. 11 has fallen on the first Sunday of an NFL season, as the fourth anniversary came on a Sunday in 2005.

Note: The NFL and NFL Players Association will donate all proceeds from the sale of auction items from games played on Sept. 11. Fans can bid on at www.NFL.com/Auction. The items will include game-worn autographed player jerseys, coaches and player hats, and commemorative game coins used during those contests.

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