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Aggies honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with red, white, and blue

Student organizations and local retailers sold nearly 100,000 red, white, and blue t-shirts to recreate the iconic show of patriotism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.
Published: Sep. 4, 2021 at 11:08 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -September 11th, 2001, a day that forever shaped us as a country. On Saturday, fans at Kyle Field reflect and honor those lost by wearing red, white, and blue shirts based on their seating section.

The event was organized by three Texas A&M student organizations: Maroon Out, Student Government Association, and Traditions Council. The groups worked with the university and local retailers including Academy, Aggieland Outfitters, and C.C. Creations to sell nearly 100,000 shirts, turning Kyle Field red, white and blue for the second time in two decades.

In 2001, nearly 80,000 fans turned Kyle Field red, white and blue in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11. The collective effort donated more than $200,000 to organizations supporting New York police and firefighters.

Sitting in the blue section in 2001 was Janelle Overhouse. 20 years later, she bought another blue shirt to stand with America once again.

“I was here for the original and bought a blue, wore my blue at that game, and wanted to get the 20th anniversary one for the same,” said Overhouse.

For Janelle, there is nothing like that historic game in 2001, but she’s happy to see the university recreating it.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Overhouse. “There will never be anything like the emotion of the first one.”

Saturday, the Maroon Out organization donated more than $100,000, the proceeds from t-shirt sales, to the Texas Task Force Foundation and the Points of Light Foundation. The organizers of the original Standing for America event and more than 40 members of Texas A&M Task Force 1 who served in New York City following the September 11 terrorist attacks were also honored during Saturday’s game.

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