Remembering 9/11, Remembering Jack Buck

The images of Sept. 11, 2001, are indelible. Yet so are the images of baseball’s return after that horrific day — particularly that of Jack Buck’s moving poem during the pre-game ceremony before the Cardinals played the Brewers on Sept. 17, 2001.

Today at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals will join with Major League Baseball and all teams to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Cardinals will pay tribute to all emergency first responders and honor those lost in the terrorist attacks. More than 5,500 St. Louis area first responders will be in attendance as guests of the Cardinals to recognize the sacrifice and service of all police, fire and emergency medical technicians as emergency first responders. The team will pay tribute to these men and women during a pre-game ceremony and during the game.

Also, Jack Buck’s poem “For America” will be replayed. Since that can never be seen too many times, here’s the video from Sept. 17, 2001.

Today’s pre-game ceremony also will include leaders representing local first responder agencies and Angela Brock-Bokern, a St. Louis native who survived the World Trade Center attacks in New York City. Brock-Bokern will throw a ceremonial first pitch to Albert Pujols, the 2001 National League Rookie of the Year and only remaining player on the current roster from the 2001 team.

For more on baseball helping us heal following Sept. 11, please read my post at “Around the Horn” today.

Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.

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