This past Sunday marks the twenty-first anniversary since terrorists murdered almost 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001.
The event brought even rival sports fans together, with the Washington Examiner reporting that those watching a game between the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens joined for a passionate rendition of the national anthem.
Crowd united in song
The paper reported that the anthem was sung at New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium by New York Police Department Officer Brianna Fernandez, with fans singing along.
The Jets and Ravens honored victims from 9/11 during their national anthem prior to their game
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2022
The performance drew praise from Twitter users, including conservative commentator Benny Johnson, who tweeted, “Americans would much rather see this than see the NFL go Woke.”
Fans take over the National Anthem at the NY Jets v. Ravens game on 9/11.
Americans would much rather see this than see the NFL go Woke.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 11, 2022
Faith leaders commemorate 9/11
Fox News noted that the anniversary of America’s worst terrorist attack was commemorated by a number of faith leaders, including Dr. James Spencer, who serves as president of the D.L. Moody Center.
“Looking back on 9/11, we remember the fragility of our world and our inability to proactively avoid every tragedy,” Spencer was quoted as saying.
“We live in a broken world with people who too often see violence and murder as the solution to the problems they perceive,” he noted, adding, “Yet we also live in God’s world.”
“We should see the tragedy of fallenness in the 9/11 attacks, along with the glimmer of God’s image and wisdom in the way that women and men of all sorts recognized evil acts and rallied together to help those harmed by it,” Spencer continued.
Also speaking out was Patti Garibay, who is national director of an organization called American Heritage Girls. She told Fox News that “9/11 is a day we will never forget.”
“Every citizen glued to the television felt an overwhelming need to do something, anything to help the survivors … And so it began, individual by individual, community by community unified over a common concern — an unjust loss of thousands of innocent lives,” she recalled.