I’ve been to a lot of sporting events and seen a lot of tributes and color guards and large flags and fly-bys and heard Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” dozens and dozens of times but something happened yesterday that was truly special.
At halftime during the Browns-Steelers game the two teams, on the way to their locker rooms, turned and lined up facing the flag at the end of the stadium, tucked their helmets under their left arms and stood at attention as the announcer came on.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and remove your hats” and the crowd came to its feet as snow off of Lake Erie swirled on the field. “This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day when the nation gives thanks for the blessings we have received. Today and Thursday let us remember those who cannot be with us, let us think about the courage of our families and friends and loved ones who are away from their homes at this special time of year and let us honor them in our thoughts and prayers.” The crowd stood there silently in the blowing snow as the nose of the Goodyear blimp appeared over the west end of the stadium with its illuminated display coming to life. “Let us think about those brave men and women knowing they are out there in the cold wind and blowing snow and pouring rain waiting in line for the doors to open Thanksgiving night or Friday morning for Black Friday specials” and with that the blimp’s display showed that Target has at 32” flat screen for $129.00. That’s a pretty good deal.
I’m telling you I got a chill.