BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and the Ravens have planned acknowledgements to honor the victims who lost their lives, the first responders and military members who served, and the survivors who are still with us during their season opener.
The Ravens are asking fans to be in their seats by 12:40 p.m. to experience the full pre-game tribute.
The 70,000-plus fans in attendance will have a chance to salute the 69 individuals from Maryland who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on America.
In honor of every Marylander who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, 69 first responders will each carry an American flag onto the field, prior to the official Color Guard entrance and playing/singing of the Star Spangled Banner. There will also be a special video from President Barack Obama on the RavensVision boards prior to the national anthem. There will be an A-10 Warthogs flyover by the Maryland National Guard at the conclusion of the national anthem.
An American Bald Eagle, named Challenger, will fly around the stadium’s seating bowl and land on the field during the national anthem.
All NFL players, including the Ravens, will wear special 9/11 tribute helmet decals, while coaches and staff members will wear patriotic pins, and all fans will receive a Ravens patriotic lapel pin/ribbon upon entry into the stadium.