In a wonderful display of unity and patriotism, all players from the Army collegiate football team proudly took American flags onto the field of play.
Each Army player ran out of the tunnel holding an American flag, hoisting high in the air as they took to their sideline. You can hear the crowd roaring approval toward the Army sideline where their players are standing. Today, of course, is the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on United States soil. Many of Army’s players weren’t even born yet at the time but all know the significance of this day. Every American know the importance of remembering this day and honoring those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. A special tribute to the 9/11 first responders is also being paid by many.
The special moment was shared via social media by several users and college football fans across the country. Many commenters say the patriotic moment made them proud and thanked the team for the display. A few even say the display gave them “chills” or “goosebumps.”
“The entire Army team came onto the field with American flags today,” the social media post says.
The display got the live audience amped up and fans watching the games on television also got fired up. Chants of “USA” could be heard in not just this game but other college football games being played today.
“Way to go Army!” a social media user responds with a tweet. “This is what it’s all about and why I love college football so much. There’s nothing more American than watching college football. USA!”
Army Faces Western Kentucky Today
The Army Black Knights are taking on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers today. Both teams are undefeated entering the matchup and hoping to stay unbeaten on the young football season. The game was also a noteworthy event because it marked the first time Michie Stadium has allowed fans in since 2019. The 2020 season was marred by the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic.
Practically every college football team and every NFL team was forced to adjust during the 2020 season to meet social distancing requirements. Now, with fans back in their seats, Michie Stadium was rocking once more as the team took the field.
In their first matchup of the 2021 college football season, the Army Black Knights took on Georgia State. Army dominated the game, beating Georgia State by a final score of 51-10. The win gave longtime Army head coach Jeff Monken his 50h victory as the team’s headman. In a postgame interview, the coach noted the importance of getting back to normalcy.
“The importance of getting back to normal (was a) sense of message about who we are as a nation, that we’re not going to be held hostage by an invisible enemy,” he said.