Pats plan 9/11 tribute for Thursday's game

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Joe Andruzzi, right, celebrates with family in the stands after the Patriots' AFC title win over the Steelers in 2002.With the New England Patriots on the road in Miami to open the regular season next month, the team will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11 with a pregame ceremony before Thursday's exhibition finale against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium.

From the Patriots:

As part of the remembrance, the Patriots will host former guard Joe Andruzzi, his three New York City firefighter brothers and his father, a former New York City police officer. It was an iconic moment in franchise history, when the four Andruzzi boys and their father were recognized on the field at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 23, 2001, just 12 days after the events of 9/11 as the NFL returned to play and the country began its long healing process. The Andruzzi family will serve as honorary game captains and participate in the coin toss.

Also as part of the tribute, members of all five branches of the military will participate in pregame ceremonies, as well as local police, state police and local firefighters. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present five separate color guards for the national anthem while dozens of police officers and firefighters line the field from end zone to end zone. Approximately 200 armed service members, police and firefighters will take part in the ceremonies Thursday night.

Hop HERE to read more on Andruzzi and his 9/11 memories from a 2006 article on ESPN.com.