Beautiful moment Army soccer players from Westpoint Academy commemorate 20th anniversary of 9/11 by running onto the field with Stars and Stripes flags
- Westpoint Army football players ran onto the field with American flags on Saturday to honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
- The Black Knights were joined by three first responders as they rushed the field
- Leger plays Western Kentucky for their home opening at Michie Stadium
- Jeff Monken took his 50th win as Army Head Coach last week
- Monken shared his memories of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
Westpoint Army football players ran onto the field at Michie Stadium with American flags to honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Black Knights came out of the tunnel on Saturday for their home game against Western Kentucky in hopes of remaining undefeated this season.
The cadets took to the field with three first responders all carrying American flags to start their home opener.
Army soccer comes from their win last week against the state of Georgia, which gave Army head coach Jeff Monken his 50th win.
Westpoint Army soccer players ran onto the field at Michie Stadium with American flags to honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
The Black Knights stormed onto the field on Saturday with three first responders
Leger plays Western Kentucky for home opening at Michie Stadium
Monken spoke to the Times-Herald Record about his memories of the terrorist attacks 20 years ago when he was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University.
He told how the team’s strength coach knocked on the door and delivered the news. All the coaches were stunned to learn that the plane had crashed into the Twin Towers.
“We all kind of looked at each other and said that was crazy,” Monken said. “Not much longer after that, he stuck his head back in the door and said a plane had hit the other tower. We were all a little stunned, maybe not knowing what to do.’
The coaches tried to continue judging the film for the upcoming game, but no one could concentrate.
“We’ve probably seen two more plays,” Monken said, “and I remember saying to everyone, ‘Let’s go see what the hell is going on in our world. This is crazy.’ And we all sort of trickled down to our offices.’
Although the offices had no cable or internet, he said, “We found out shortly after, like everyone else, what was going on and what a tragic event.”
“Of course we went through that day and practiced and we just didn’t know what was going to happen,” Monken said. “We just didn’t know what to do other than just try to maintain a sense of normalcy.” The game against Wofford was eventually cancelled.
But Monken didn’t see his first images of the attacks until later in the day when he went shopping with his wife. “There was a TV on in the store,” he said.
The team honored the 2,977 lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
West Point immediately closed their post and athletic officials canceled the weekend game in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks
“I stopped… it was the first images I had of (the unfolding tragedy). I stood there for at least an hour and a half and just watched with my mouth open, just in disbelief.”
Monken stayed up until 4 a.m. to follow the events and continued to watch when he woke up.
“As an American and as a human being, just to see what went through that suffering and just the attack on our country and all the emotion that goes with it… I think we all remember. … I think the feelings of patriotism of so many Americans really came out of that.”
Pro and college sports events were canceled for most of the following week. West Point immediately closed their post and athletic officials canceled the weekend game with the University at Buffalo.
Events are being held across the country to honor the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001. President Joe Biden is expected to attend ceremonies in New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon to commemorate the attacks.