A New York Jets-Baltimore Ravens football game crowd joined in the singing of the national anthem with NYPD officer Brianna Fernandez on Sunday, which also marked the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Jets lost to the Ravens with a final score of 24-9, marking the sixth season opening loss for the Jets in seven years.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorist hijackers carried out a coordinated attack taking over four U.S. airliners and crashing them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people and setting off a U.S.-led Global War on Terrorism to find and defeat Al Qaeda and other terrorist threats around the world.
The 9/11 attacks also united Americans with a common call to “Never Forget” what happened that day and how America responded. Every year on Sept. 11, Americans now commemorate Patriot Day as a day of remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.
President Joe Biden gave a speech on Sunday morning at the Pentagon to recognize the victims of the attacks.
“When future generations come here to sit in the shade of the maple trees that shelter the memorial have grown tall and strong with passing years, they will find the names of patriots. They will feel the connection…and how our country was forever changed,” Biden said. “I hope they will think about all those heroes. Ordinary Americans responding in extraordinary and unexpected ways. I hope we’ll remember that in the midst of these dark days, we dug deep, we cared for each other, and we came together.”