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Thurman Thomas and Darryl Talley to participate in Buffalo's 9/11 tribute ceremony

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Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots at New Era Field, September 29, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. The Buffalo Bills and the NFL will pay tribute to lives lost on that tragic day with the following events.

On the field in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills will be recognizing four local families who lost a loved one on 9/11. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas and Wall of Fame linebacker Darryl Talley will be a part of the 9/11 ceremony. Below is some additional information on each of the individuals who will be honored.

  • Michael F. Lynch was a firefighter and while waiting for his admission to the FDNY, Michael worked in financial services at Dean Witter, located in the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, Michael was assigned to Engine 40/Ladder 35 in Manhattan to learn how to fight high-rise fires as part of his training.
  • Leonard Castrianno was working at Cantor Fitzgerald for 30 years. He was a son, an uncle, a brother and a friend but most of all he was a hero.
  • Margaret Seeliger worked in the World Trade Center was a big Bills fan. She went to many games in her #34 Thurman Thomas jersey while she was living in NYC.
  • Sean Rooney worked for AON Corp in the South Tower. He was a kind person who was always generous with his time and would help others whenever he could.

The NFL has planned the following tributes. A 9/11 child survivor will sing the National Anthem that will run across all nine of the 1 PM broadcasts.

To honor the lives lost, the players on the field will each wear a specially designed 9/11 ribbon helmet decal. 9/11 lapel pins will be worn on the sidelines by coaches and team personnel. Broadcast announcers, media members and club and league employees also will be provided the pins.

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