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Redskins to Honor Victims Of 9/11 At Opener


The Washington Redskins plan to honor victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragic events during the team's regular season opener against the New York Giants at FedExField.

The game will be played on the 10-year anniversary of the attacks. Redskins' players and fans will take time to remember the courage and resilience that followed the heartbreaking Sept. 11 events with special tributes at the stadium, on the field and on the videoboards during the game.

The Redskins have planned the following tributes:

  • General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, will serve as the Redskins' honorary captain for the pregame coin toss.
  • Approximately 150 family members affected by the attacks on the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., as well as first responders from Arlington County will be honored pregame. They will stand alongside players from both teams in holding the American flag that covers the entire playing surface during the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner."
  • A Firefighter display from the Famous Madame Tussauds wax museum will be on the plaza outside the stadium and will show the immense amount of bravery that took place during the attacks.
  • Patriotic spirit and pride will spread throughout the stadium when all Redskins fans in attendance receive American flags as they enter FedExField.
  • Players, coaches and sideline personnel will wear honorary NFL 9/11 ribbon as a patch or pin on their uniforms and sideline apparel.
  • The Club Level at FedExField will host an exhibit on loan from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio, highlighting the Redskins' and NFL's continuing involvement and commitment with the United States Armed Forces.
  • The Redskins, in addition to other NFL games featured at 4:15 PM, will present the NFL's TAPS video message which includes images from Arlington National Cemetery, VA on the video board.
  • Following a moment of silence and remembrance, platinum recording artist Ne-Yo will perform the national anthem.
  • The NFL and NFL Players Association will contribute $1 million to three memorials and two charities related to the Sept. 11, 2001 events.
  • The NFL and NFLPA will contribute $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 to be divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. and the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
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