Yankees to commemorate 9/11 anniversary

ussnewyork_275_091009.jpgBy Jon Lane
Derek Jeter’s pursuit of Lou Gehrig is great, but far more important is that Friday is the eighth anniversary of 9/11. The Yankees announced that they will hold a special ceremony before the game to honor the USS New York and the ship’s crew.

Here’s the 411:

The New York Yankees today announced they will hold a special pregame ceremony on Friday, September 11, prior to the Yankees’ 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Orioles.

During the home plate ceremony, the Yankees will give special recognition to the USS New York and the ship’s crew as well as the commissioning committee during a home plate ceremony. The state-of-the-art stealth ship, whose bow stem includes seven-and-a-half tons of steel recovered from the fallen World Trade Center, is scheduled to be commissioned into the U.S. Navy’s fleet on November 7.  

The presentation of colors will be made by the USS New York Naval Color Guard, the FDNY Color Guard, the NYPD Color Guard and the Port Authority Color Guard. Naval musician Laura Carey will sing the national anthem.

Representing Washington, D.C. – an area also affected by the 9/11 tragedy – will be Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Scheduled to arrive into the New York Harbor on November 2, the USS New York will proceed up the Hudson River, where she will pause and dip her ensign (the American Flag) as she passes the World Trade Center site, then proceed up to the George Washington Bridge, turn and dock at her Manhattan pier. On November 7, she will enter naval service. 

2 Comments

MASN didn’t even show the ceremony. Are you kidding me? Like 9/11 only affected New Yorkers. They didn’t even have the decency to show the ceremony before the game or barely talk about it. We are so unfortunately that we are super Yankees fans and we have to watch the game tonight on MASN because we are in their network and YES is blacked out. AND WE MISSED JETER’S HIT COMMENTED BY OUR YANKEE game callers, Kay and the rest of the crew. The MASN guys sat quietly and their only comments were about how 16, 17 whatever, other players have more hits than Jeter and Gehrig. That’s real appropriate jackholes. We can’t wait to turn to the post game on YES to see the highlights. Is there anything we can do to avoid these blackout situations?????

Does anyone know where I can find video of the pre-game ceremony? I have several friends on the USS New York, and wanted to see the presentation of colors. Unfortunately, I am outside the New York/DC markets (don’t have YES/MASN), and was surprised it wasn’t covered on Baseball Tonight on ESPN or any of the sports/news stations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. GO NAVY!

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