Fans at Saturday's Illinois game against South Dakota State will be treated to a number of special activities to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Sept. 6, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics officials announced plans to honor the heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America during Saturday's game against South Dakota State. A number of special activities - including an American flag giveaway, personalized videos from military personnel and a patriotic halftime show by the Marching Illini - will pay tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who displayed their heroism in the rescue efforts and pursuant military actions.
The first 10,000 fans to enter Memorial Stadium on Saturday will receive an American flag and there will be a moment of silence in remembrance prior to the start of the game. For the national anthem, a tri-service color guard composed of members of the campus Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units will present the colors along with another composed of police and fire officials. Local Boy Scouts also will be holding flags in the end zones.
During the game, military and emergency personnel will be recognized for their service, and videos submitted by military personnel will be shown on the video board. At halftime, the Marching Illini will perform a 9/11 tribute titled "An American Salute."
The Illini square off with South Dakota State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Season and single-game tickets can be purchased at the Assembly Hall north box office, by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-1 or online here. Illinois has eight home games for the first time in the Memorial Stadium era and begins the 2011 season with five straight home games for the first time since 1905.