Obviously this Sunday is much more then the start of the football season. Here's what the Jets have planned for their tribute to the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. From the Jets website...
The New York Jets announced today details of the team’s plans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11th. The team will join the NFL and the nation to honor, remember and reunite during its regular season opener at MetLife Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11. The game will air in front of a national television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
“Sept. 11, 2001 was a tragic day our nation will never forget,” said Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson. “The New York Jets are honored to commemorate the 10-year anniversary, remembering those who were lost, those they left behind and all those who became heroes that day. We are proud to join with our fellow countrymen and women to reunite as the greatest nation in the world.”
The team’s plans include:
■ Each fan will receive an American Flag upon entrance to MetLife Stadium.
■ Taps will be streamed live into the stadium with the backdrop of the World Trade Center site.
■ FDNY, NYPD and PAPD bagpipers will perform Amazing Grace from the field.
■ Our nation’s colors will be presented by New York City Joint Service Color Guard.
■ A full-field American Flag will be unfurled and held by members of the military, FDNY, NYPD and PAPD alongside both the Cowboys and the Jets.
■ Our National Anthem will be performed by New York native and Grammy Award-winning artist Mary J. Blige.
■ Children of first responders will serve as the team’s honorary captains.
Note: As part of a special halftime tribute, the stadium will transition into concert mode and the stadium lights will be turned off for the duration of halftime. The team asks that fans remain in their seats for this emotional tribute.
■ Halftime will open with New York native and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro narrating a powerful moment created by family members of 9/11 victims, represented by Tuesday’s Children.
■ John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting will perform an acoustic, piano version of “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” Superman, off the album America Town, became an anthem for many after the Sept. 11 attacks. A version of the song was performed at The Concert for New York City in late 2001.
Ondrasik said of participating in this tribute: “As it was 10 years ago, it is an honor to pay tribute to those Americans who showed immeasurable courage during and after the attacks of 9-11. We can never forget the families who lost loved ones and may we find strength in the memory of New York City's heroes.”