Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. The Buffalo Bills and the NFL will honor the lives lost on that tragic day with the following events.
On the grounds of Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills will honor four local families who lost a loved one on September 11. Professional Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas and Wall of Fame linebacker Darryl Talley will be part of the 9/11 ceremony. Below is additional information about each of the people who will be honored.
- Michael F. Lynch was a firefighter and while awaiting admission to the FDNY, Michael worked in financial services at Dean Witter, located in the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, Michael was posted to Engine 40 / Ladder 35 in Manhattan to learn how to fight skyscraper fires as part of his training.
- Leonard Castrianno worked at Cantor Fitzgerald for 30 years. He was a son, an uncle, a brother and a friend, but above all he was a hero.
- Margaret Seeliger worked at the World Trade Center and was a huge Bills fan. She went to many games in her # 34 Thurman Thomas jersey while living in New York City.
- Sean Rooney worked for AON Corp in the South Tower. He was a kind person who was always generous with his time and helped others whenever he could.
The NFL has scheduled the following tributes. A child survivor of September 11 will sing the national anthem which will be played in the nine 1-hour shows.
To honor the lives lost, players on the pitch will each wear a specially designed 9/11 ribbon helmet sticker. The September 11 pins will be sidelined by coaches and team staff. Broadcast advertisers, members of the media, and club and league employees will also receive the pins.