13 years ago, tragedy struck in the United States. Thousands lost their lives when terrorists hijacked planes on a suicide mission. What followed 9/11 was an outpouring of love, care, and support from around the globe.
The world of sports has always been a crutch for the nation following times of hardship. Sporting events bring people together, they inspire us, and they unite us. Take a visual journey through the powerful photos of how the sports world has paid tribute to 9/11 over the years. More photos: • Emotional military family reunions • Honoring Pat Tillman • Disabled veterans sports program Mary Ogonowski, daughter of pilot John Ogonowski, who was the pilot on American Airlines flight 11 that was hijacked during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, throws the ceremonial first pitch. The Boston Red Sox play their first of two games in their home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) A fan holds a sign for 9/11 Remembrance before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Nationals Park on September 11, 2011 in Washington DC. The Astros won 8-2. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) Members of the Phoenix Fire Department recreate the raising of the flag at "Ground Zero" before Game 1 of the World Series at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees 9-1. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport Spot lights are pointed toward the sky commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers during a halftime ceremony featuring a performance by Five for Fighting lead singer John Ondrasik performing along with participation by family members representing the 9-11 organization, Tuesday's children during their NFL Season Opening Game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Representatives from the Wounded Warrior Detachment of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center hold the National 9/11 Flag during the Salute to Heroes ceremony during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2011 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) A gigantic American Flag is hung outside Shea Stadium as the Mets play the Atlanta Braves tonight in the first major sporting event in the New York area since the World Trade Center Disaster. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT The American Flag flies at half staff near the scoreboard during the moment of silence at 9:11 p.m. as the New York Yankees played the Baltimore Orioles on September 11, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets carries an American flag as he greets 9/11 first responders on the field during pregame festivities commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks prior to the Jets playing against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Fans wave flags and hold signs in tribute to 9/11 before a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins during the first Monday Night Football game of the season on September 11, 2006 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Command Sergeant Major Brian Branley, of Medford, acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as he carries an American flag on top of the Red Sox dugout between innings as part of the 9-11 anniversary remembrances at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in an MLB regular season game. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) An American Flag is held in memory of 9/11 as the National Anthem is sung during opening cerimonies before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks at the Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Eagles defeated the Seahawks 27-3.Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport Pre-game ceremonies commemorate the three year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks before the start of the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans at Pro Player Stadium on September 11, 2004 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) Members of the Police and Fire Departments throw out the first pitches at a pregame ceremony in Yankee Stadium honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Later, the New York Yankees took on the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, and lost, 5-3. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks scroll up as U2 performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVI in the Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2002. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage) Fans hold an American flag in remembrance of 9/11 during the game between the Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field on September 10, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets stand 9/11 first responders as they American Flag on the field the performance of Amazing Grace prior to the New Jets playing against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Players from the Detroit Tigers stand along with members of local Police and Fire Departments during the National Anthem on Remembrance Day to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 events before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on September 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 2-1. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) (Back row L-R) Kevin Westgrath, Brad Richardson,Dustin Brown, Rod Scuderi, Jeff Carter. (Front Row L-R)Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene lay a plague at the reflexting pool above the engraved names of Garnet "Ace" Bailey, the Kings' director of pro scouting, and amateur scout Mark Bavis in lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site on September 12, 2012 in New York City.The Los Angeles Kings marked the loss of Garnet "Ace" Bailey, the Kings' director of pro scouting, and amateur scout Mark Bavis when hijackers took control of their scheduled Boston-to-Los Angeles flight and crashed the plane into the south tower of New York's World Trade Center. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images) A general view of the outside of Comerica Park as two Detroit fire trucks stretch a large American Flag flown to commemorate the remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 events before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on September 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 2-1. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) A New York Jets player stretches while wearing a commemorative 9/11 shirt before the NFL season opening game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 27-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Detail view of 9/11 commemorative Reebok gloves as Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets prepares to take the field during the NFL season opening game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 27-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)