WATCH: Atlanta Braves Welcome Local First Responders To Perform the National Anthem on 9/11 Anniversary

by Megan Molseed

It was a moving evening of 9/11 tributes at Truist Park Field Saturday evening. The Atlanta Braves hosted the Florida Marlins in the second of a three-game matchup Saturday. And the Georgia Major League Baseball team took the time to honor our heroes. The Braves welcomed some of our most courageous first responders. Honoring them in an evening dedicated to honoring those who work so hard, and bravely, to protect us all.

The evening started with a moving pregame event highlighting the stories of some of our nation’s brave heroes. The tribute featured moments honoring the men and women who lost their lives twenty years ago today. And there was hardly a dry eye in the house this evening.

A Moving Tributes as the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins Take the Field

One of the most emotional moments of the night came just before the Braves and the Marlins met face-to-face on the field. There was hardly a dry eye in the house as two of Georgia’s first responders performed a moving rendition of the National Anthem.

Rodney Brooks, a Henry County Fire Department Lieutenant, and Butts County Fire Department Division Chief Mark Ware wowed the crowd with their moving and patriotic performance before the start of Saturday evening’s game.

The two first responders moved the crowd with their incredible performance. As a giant American flag was unfurled across the outfield.

“Performing the National Anthem tonight: Henry County Fire Department Lieutenant Rodney Brooks and Butts County Fire Department Division Chief Mark Ware,” the Atlanta Braves said in a Saturday evening Twitter post.

About a hundred first-responders carried the flag in honor of those we lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This moving performance was then followed by a fly-over performance by four Shaw Airforce Base F16s.

One of the 9/11 ground-zero heroes delivered the first pitch of the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins Saturday evening. Member of the New York Fire Department’s Ladder 10, John Morabito.

Morabito was a part of the initial rescue team that arrived in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks twenty years ago today.

Honoring the Heroes of 9/11

Before the nighttime game, the Atlanta Braves invited fans to attend a special pregame event.

This event featured a variety of moments of remembrance as the nation recognizes the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. The pregame event included the opportunity for attendees to hear first-hand accounts of some of our nation’s heroes.

Fans were also invited to hear the harrowing stories of 9/11 survivors. The special event also included a moving on-field ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives twenty years ago.