Penn State marks Sept. 11 anniversary at football game

September 12, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More than 107,000 fans packed Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, for the Penn State-Alabama football game, in which the Crimson Tide downed the Nittany Lions 27-11. Pregame and halftime ceremonies were dedicated to remembering the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff, a color guard of New York City firefighters was on the field for the National Anthem, which the Penn State Blue Band played with a special lead-in. Following the National Anthem, there was a stadium flyover of F-18 Hornets.

The Blue Band played a patriotic halftime show, with tributes to those lost, those saved and those who have served. Five students stepped forward onto the field, each representing one branch of military service and the more than 2,100 members of the University community who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Blue Band also led those in attendance in the singing of "God Bless America."

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  • The Penn State Blue Band performed a patriotic halftime show to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. For more photos, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz
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