We will never forget.
For me, the Sept. 11 memories stem from my senior year in high school. I had just changed into my gym clothes for weight training class and as we walked to the weight room, I noticed a burning building flash on a classroom TV screen. I didn't think much of it until our principal came on the intercom and said two planes had hit the World Trade Center towers. A few minutes later, we got news that another had crashed into the Pentagon, which hit close to home for me and my Northern Virginia classmates. Fortunately, none of my family faced any danger that day. But sadly for hundreds of others, the same can't be said.
New York, the epicenter of the 9/11 attacks, will be filled with emotions this weekend as we reflect on that sad day 10 years later. Through it all, sports will do its best to serve as a unifier amid the painful memories.
Beginning at noon today, local prep football will do its part through a tripleheader pitting CHSL teams against Section 9 squads. The contests will be played at Middleton High's new football facility.
Xavier and Pine Bush will play the first game, followed by a big matchup between Xaverian and defending state champ Monroe-Woodbury. Stepinac and host Middletown will take part in the final contest.
A portion of all proceeds will go to 9/11 charities.
Check back here and on our ESPNHS website for a look back at this special day of football and remembrance.
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.