Friday, September 11, 2009

MSU to Mark 9/11 Anniversary Before Kickoff

Michigan State will pause to remember the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 a few minutes before kickoff Saturday.

The tribute will come via a public address announcement before the national anthem, Athletic Department Spokesman John Lewandowski said. Unlike in some years past, however, there are no plans for to unfurl huge flag, have a military flyover, or pause for a moment of silence.

It would be a huge mistake to forget to take note of one of the worst terrorist attacks in history at the football game nearest 9/11. And while I am personally a big fan of huge patriotic displays – flyovers especially – a simple pause to reflect can be a beautiful and poignant thing too.

We should always be mindful of the folks who have risked their lives in the service of this nation so that fans like you and I can watch football on a Saturday afternoon. We should always remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the families they left behind.

Thank you all.

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