Pregame plans for season opener versus Pittsburgh

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Sunday’s season opener against the Steelers, and rightfully so.

It’s a new year, with another chance at a Super Bowl run and, of course, it’s the Steelers.

Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line at M&T Bank Stadium this weekend.

But while it’s the start of another NFL season, Sunday also marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a tragedy that deserves our remembrance and respect. For those fans heading to the game Sunday, the Ravens have released their pregame plans to honor those lives lost in the attacks and the heroes who were so brave on that Tuesday morning 10 years ago.

Following a special video introduction, the stadium will broadcast the playing of “Taps” which will be performed via a live feed from Shanksville, Pa. In addition, Ravens players and coaches will be among a group of 150 people who will hold a field-length American flag for a moment of silence to honor those fallen in the tragedy.

Players, coaches and sideline personnel will don a special 9/11 NFL ribbon on their uniforms and every fan in attendance will receive a personal American flag.

Sunday will be a day to celebrate, as football returns to Baltimore for another year. But it will also be a day for reflection and homage, so if you’re going to the game, root hard and be respectful as we remember the attacks of September 11 one decade later.