NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees have marked the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony before their game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took part in the on-field tribute to soldiers, rescue workers and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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The salute was held Wednesday at Yankee Stadium because the team will be in the middle of a long road trip Sunday, the anniversary of the attacks.
Before the game, Yankees stars Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera spoke at a news conference about their memories of 9/11. All three were on the 2001 team that lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a thrilling World Series.
Rivera said he vividly remembers looking out of his window on 9/11 and seeing the horrific scenes.
“I actually saw the second plane hit the tower — the second tower. And definitely I knew that wasn’t just an accident, that was something else,” Rivera said.
Jeter said that in the days and weeks that followed, the team wanted to do everything they could to support the city.
“We’re baseball players and, you know, people always look at us as being heroes. And then, we have an opportunity to meet these families and firefighters and EMS workers and those were the true heroes,” he said.
The ceremony began with a message on the big video board from first lady Michelle Obama and lasted about 15 minutes.
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