The Washington Redskins and New York Giants will open the 2011 season on the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the Redskins will be doing their part to commemorate the day. General Colin Powell, who was the Secretary of State at the time, will serve as the Redskins' honorary captain for the pregame coin toss, the team announced.
The Redskins also announced a number of other tributes that will take place for the game. They are as follows:
- About 150 men and women who lost family members in the attacks on the Pentagon will be honored pregame, as well as the first Arlington County responders.
- A firefighter display from the Madame Tussauds wax museum will be on display outside the stadium.
- All fans will receive American flags upon entering the stadium.
- Players, coaches and all sideline personnel will wear 9/11 ribbons on their uniforms.
- Ne-Yo will be singing the National Anthem.
Those are the major things to watch out for next Sunday. Kudos to the Redskins and the NFL for all their work here.