COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — The Air Force Academy and Naval Academy officials announced Tuesday that their 2021 matchup will be played on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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USNA Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and USAFA Director of Athletics Nathan Pine said the Navy-Air Force football game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium would be moved from Oct. 2, 2021 to Sept. 11, 2021 to honor the lives lost on that day.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Rural Hospitals Worry About Staffing As Vaccination Deadline Approaches
“We will use this nationally televised opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our freedom and the competitive spirit of our nation,” said Gladchuk. “Two Service Academies coming together to display our strength of unity and our determination to forever persevere.”
“This is an appropriate move for our country to have our Service Academies play on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in celebration of our armed forces,” said Pine. “The game will be a fitting way to showcase the amazing future leaders of character from both academies on national television on this solemn anniversary. I would like to thank everyone involved for their cooperation and willingness to help make this a reality.”MORE NEWS: New Video Emerges Of Aurora Police Stop, Triggering Internal Investigation: 'I Was Petrified Of That Gun'
It’s the third time the two schools have played in September and the earliest the schools have ever met. Kickoff time will be announced on a later date.