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CHICAGO -- In the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, Chicago Bulls vice president of business operations Steve Schanwald said Monday there will be special significance to the pregame festivities as Jim Cornelison will sing the National Anthem for the first time at a Bulls game before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Cornelison sings the anthem for Chicago Blackhawks games, and each version becomes a tribute to the U.S. military as two veterans -- usually one from a recent conflict and one from a previous generation -- stand next to him on the ice as the fans began cheering wildly from the first note.
Cornelison also sang the anthem before the Chicago Bears playoff games against the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
The Bulls also honor the military by having a color guard on the court during all renditions of the anthem.
Roman Modrowski is an editor for ESPNChicago.com.