Pirates to commemorate Sept. 11, honor first responders
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CHICAGO -- The Pirates will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 by collecting donations for the Flight 93 memorial and offer complimentary tickets to emergency personnel.
Volunteers will collect donations for the Flight 93 memorial outside all PNC Park entrances for the Pirates' Sept. 10 and 11 games against the Florida Marlins.
On the anniversary, the United States Army Field Band Choir will perform the Star-Spangled Banner, and Mt. Lebanon resident Ben Kiernan, a Marine who was recently injured in Afghanistan, will throw out the first pitch.
"The Pirates are proud to honor those heroes, victims and families who were affected by the malicious acts on September 11, 2001," Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a news release. "We are especially proud to play our part in bringing this community together to raise money for the Flight 93 Memorial being built in our neighboring community of Shanksville."
The Pirates will also offer a select number of complementary tickets to current police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Those tickets can be redeemed by filling out a request by Sept. 8 at www.pirates.com/firstresponders or by visiting a first responders table on Federal Street the day of the game.
First Published September 2, 2011 3:46 pm