The first Sunday of the 2016 NFL regular season is days away, but there will be plenty more on the minds of Americans besides football that day. Sunday will also mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Sunday, the NFL will honor first responders and those who lost their lives in the attacks. The league announced its specific plans for each game this weekend.
NFL announces its plans for how it will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday pic.twitter.com/4y6v6xews9
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A video message from President Obama and former President George W. Bush will be played at all stadiums across the league before kickoff. Vice President Joe Biden will join 120 first responders in holding the flag during the playing of the national anthem in Philadelphia before the Eagles and Cleveland Browns kickoff. Bush will be a part of the coin toss in Dallas before the New York Giants and Cowboys contest and will be accompanied on the field by Laura Bush and two NYPD responders.
All coaches will also wear 9/11 pins while players will wear commemorative decals on their helmets.