Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of September 11, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. Three thousand thirty people were killed when four planes were brought down by hijackers across the country. Two planes demolished both of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth was brought down in a field in Pennsylvania.
Not a day has gone by since then that we don’t think of the lives that were lost on that day or the effects that it has had on this country. Many people will be paying tribute to those who had lost their lives on that horrible day to commemorate the anniversary.
The NFL will be paying tribute to the victims at all 13 of their games on Sunday. Before the start of the 12 p.m. CT games, there will be a video address from President Obama, which will be played again before the 3 p.m. games. Before the kickoff of the games at 3:25 p.m. there will be a video message from former president George W. Bush. Bush and his wife, Laura, will take part in the opening toss at the Cowboys-Giants game. They will also be joined on-field by two NYPD officers that were at Ground Zero the day of the attack. Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz will be wearing special cleats during the game as well.
Vice President Joe Biden will be helping to hold the flag at the Browns-Eagles game. There will also be 120 first responders that were at Ground Zero on September 11 helping Biden hold the flag. All players will be wearing a special 9/11 decal on the back of their helmet to commemorate the tragedy. The coaches will be wearing a 9/11 lapel pin.
There will be a pregame tribute at the Jets-Bengals game. Jets players will be wearing NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority hats during the pregame. Marvin Lewis, coach of the Bengals, stated, “Everybody knows the fact that we were selected to go play in New York on 9/11 is a huge thing," Lewis said, via ESPN.com. "We've educated our players on that and what it means; the significance of it, the impact of that day on the city of New York, the area, and our country. We'll be ready to play, but it will be an emotional day for a lot of folks around them, and I wanted them to be conscious of that."
In addition to the NFL, many others have planned tributes to the victims of the attacks. National Geographic has put together a slideshow of pictures of the towers as they fell, victims and the new memorial. You can see it here.
The MLB is also paying tribute to the victims of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear American flag patches on the side of their hats. Proceeds from the sale of the hats will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial. There will be pregame ceremonies, a moment of silence, special lineup cards and bases and the MLB “We Shall Not Forget” ribbon will be displayed at the ballparks. The Red Sox will be hosting the 14th annual Day of Remembrance Blood Drive at Fenway Park. Fans are asked to donate blood in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11.