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Steelers to Attend Memorial

September 13, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ To show their sympathy for the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will attend Friday night’s memorial service for the 45 people killed in the crash of United Flight 93.

The Steelers will travel by bus to Somerset, Pa., for the service.

The plane, one of four hijacked Tuesday during the terrorist attacks, crashed near Shanksville, Pa., about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, with no survivors.

``It’s the right thing to do,″ running back Jerome Bettis said. ``We need to come together in this time. So many times people assume that because we’re in sports, we don’t have a heart, and this is a way to show how we feel.″

If Sunday night’s game with Cleveland had been played, the Steelers planned to pass out American flags to every fan and hold a ceremony honoring the attack victims.

Cowher wonders if such a patriotic display during a nationally televised game could have helped soothe a nation’s damaged psyche.

``Do I think it would have been special to have 65,000 holding the flag, on the field, singing the national anthem? Yeah, it would have been special, but if some people would have taken offense to that, then it wasn’t the right thing to do,″ Cowher said.

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