SUNDAY'S PREGAME SCHEDULE PATRIOTIC CEREMONY BEGINS AT 11:30 A.M.
Jaguars fans attending Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans need to arrive early to see a pregame ceremony like no other ever heard in ALLTEL Stadium. The 100-minute ceremony will help re-launch the NFL season and pay tribute to the victims of the tragedies in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The pregame show will begin at 11:30 a.m. - 100 minutes before kickoff - with an hour-long concert performed by Navy Band Southeast's Ceremonial Band in the bowl of ALLTEL Stadium. Among the patriotic selections that will be performed are: "God Bless America", "This Is My Country", and several John Phillip Sousa marches including"Stars and Stripes Forever", "Washington Post March", "Semper Fidelis", "The Thunderer", "Fairest of the Fair" and "National Emblem March."
At 12:30, there will be a tribute to Old Glory, featuring a 30x60-foot United States flag held by Navy personnel from NAS Jax. And, due to a strong request by fans, the Pledge of Allegience will be recited. Introductions of players from both teams will follow.
At 1:00, television coverage will switch from the CBS pregame show to ALLTEL Stadium. NFL Films has produced a 60-second tribute video, which will be followed by the singing of "America the Beautiful" by a nationally known recording artist, simulcast in every NFL stadium with a 1:10 kickoff on Sunday.
A moment of silence will precede the national Anthem, which will be sung by Sara Croft, a 16-year-old honor student from Fernandina Beach High School.
Officers from Police Fire and Rescue and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will participate in the ceremony. Fifty U.S. flags will be held, representing firefighters and policemen who lost their lives in last week's tragedy. Another 70,000 American flags will be given out at the gate to every person who enters the stadium. Fans will also receive keepsake pamphlets with the words to "America the Beautiful", "God Bless America" and the "Star-Spangled Banner."
"Fans are going to want to be a part of this tremendous weekend in the NFL," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "It is going to be an emotional day in the NFL, and our fans should come with the spirit and the enthusiasm of the day."