Sports have an incredible way of bringing groups of people together in ways that few events can.
When the nation was rocked by the attacks on September 11, 2001, it was George W. Bush’s famous “first pitch” at Yankee Stadium that made Americans feel a sense of normalcy.
While the nation has since recovered from the worst foreign attack on American soil, we still take the time to remember and honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day.
Before the NFL’s controversy surrounding the national anthem, many considered football to be America’s game.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, players from the Jets and Cowboys stood with New York’s first responders, and held a football-field size flag for the world to see as the anthem played.
Moments before the game started, Robert DeNiro gave a touching intro to remind us all just how far we have come since that day 17 years ago.
“In the decade since 9/11 we have honored their memory with a show of strength and unity,” he said. “Today, loved ones, friends, and heroes who perished are immortalized with the opening on the national September 11th memorial.”
“In doing so the NFL, and all Americans, fulfill our pledge to never forget as we continue our commitment to honor their memory.”
We must never forget about those we lost not too long ago. America was shaken, but we did not fall. There are those who wanted to see America rip apart at the seams, but those acts of terror only made us stronger.
God bless America.