The 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack this Saturday brings back memories to how the local high-school sports season in Northern Virginia was halted for a few days that fall.
The attack occurred on a Tuesday morning. All public-school games and practices were canceled that day and for the rest of the week.
That meant week-two Friday night games for public-school varsity football teams in the old Northern Region were canceled that season and never made up. As a result, teams played nine instead of 10 regular-season contests that fall.
Some games in other sports were made up that season, but some were canceled, as well.
When teams eventually retook the fields and courts after the attacks, many players had American flags attached somewhere on their uniforms, or some other types of patriotic logs or readings.
The traditional playing of the national anthem before each event took on much more meaning, with so many more players and spectators than usual singing along. Regular moments of silence preceded the anthem.
The games and events eventually went on 20 years ago that season, but it a was a campaign that was not forgotten.
– Dave Facinoli