On the 21st anniversary of tragic events of September 11, 2001, NYPD Officer Brianna Fernandez Led an emotional must watch performance of America’s national Anthem that the New York crowd championed and belted along with.
This was before Sunday’s game between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens with the 78,827 attendees singing along with the officer. The team tweeted the video with the caption we all were thinking, “Chills.”
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 11, 2022
The nation payed respect all day to the nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C 21 years ago.
New York Jets Coach Robert Saleh’s older brother David narrowly escaped the South Tower, an experience that inspired the younger Saleh, who was working in finance himself at the time, to pursue his passion for football and coaching.
“I think it’s very personal for a lot of people and I think that passion is felt country-wide, not just in New York,” Saleh said Friday. “But it’s a little more important here and you know that [Sunday] means a lot more than just a football game to a lot of people in the stands.”
Saleh gave the order and the fans delivered in full “I would love if everyone sang the national anthem. Don’t just listen to it, just sing it,” he said days before the game. “I think it’s the coolest thing when the stadium sings it. I think it’s going to be electric.”
Nearly every team in the NFL had social media posts to emphasize remembrance, as the phrase “never forget” connected with the events still rings true today.
“It took a tragedy to unite us. It should not take another tragedy to unite us again,” said Andrew Colabella, whose cousin, John DiGiovanni, died in the 1993 bombing World Trade Center bombing that presaged 9/11.
President Joe Biden spoke at the Pentagon in remembrance and support of the fallen saying, “What was destroyed, we have repaired. What was threatened, we fortified. What was attacked, the indomitable spirit, has never, ever wavered.”
“We have an obligation, a duty, a responsibility, to defend, preserve and protect our democracy. The very democracy that guarantees the rights of freedom that those terrorists on 9/11 sought to bury in the burning fire and smoke and ash,” Biden added.
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