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Major League Baseball Honors September 11 Victims - 2002-09-12


Major League Baseball players and fans joined together Wednesday to honor the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks one year ago.

In a somber pre-game ceremony, an American flag recovered from the World Trade Center was unfurled at New York's Yankees stadium. A memorial inscribed "We Remember" was also unveiled in an area beyond the centerfield fence. After the singing of God Bless America and the national anthem, fans erupted with chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A."

In San Francisco, before the host Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers, there was a tribute on a big screen that read "September 11, 2001, We will never forget." Instead of a ceremonial first pitch, the ball was placed on the mound by a man whose father died in the terror attacks.

A moment of silence was held at 9:11 p.m. (local time) at all night games. A videotape was then shown in memory of the victims. During the afternoon games, the moment of silence and video came during the seventh-inning stretch.

Fans at all games were given a T-shirt with an emblem featuring a red, white, and blue ribbon, the major league baseball logo and the words "We Shall Not Forget."