The theme for today’s M4 is, of course, a remembrance of the terrorist attacks sixteen years ago today. I only did 5 today; these have maybe the most meaning to me.
- Congress sings “God Bless America” On the night of 9-11, the House and Senate leadership, along with a number of members of both chambers, took a moment from their bickering and not getting anything done to express their concern for those who had been affected by the attacks on New York and Washington. Spontaneously, the members broke into an impromptu rendition of “God Bless America.”
- Congress sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” On the tenth anniversary of the attacks (actually on September 12th because the 11th was a Sunday), the members of Congress again put their differences aside and met on the steps of the Capitol Building for a memorial, and sang the National Anthem. Appearances notwithstanding, that is not John Boehner singing the lead.
- Diana Ross sings “God Bless America” when baseball resumes Baseball took the rest of that week off after the attacks, and when the Mets started their first home series after the attacks, they played the Braves. There was a big ceremony that night, with members of the New York Police and Fire Departments standing on the field, the Mets wearing caps that said “NYPD” and “NYFD” in their honor, and Diana Ross singing. (I know for a fact that, while baseball was away, Mets manager Bobby Valentine helped out at Ground Zero, and I believe other members of both the Yankees and Mets visited the area and lent at least their moral support, if not their help with the cleanup.) For the record, the Mets beat the Braves 3-2.
- Jack Buck addresses the St. Louis Cardinals fans Jack had been the voice of the Cardinals for years and had retired because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease. As ill as he was, he agreed to address the fans when baseball resumed. This is one of the more memorable statements from that address.
- Jack Buck’s 9-11 poem Jack also read a poem he had written for 9-11 and left an impression on all who attended, most definitely the players. As ill as he was (he passed away the following June), he still sounded pretty strong.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 11, 2017.