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Colts honor Indiana first responders, military ahead of season opener

The ceremony honored the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, first responders and the military.
Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighters, police officers and medics, as well as state troopers, members of the military and Marion County deputies, were honored Sunday as they stood on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium ahead of the Colts' season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. 

Local first responders and members of the military were part of an on-field ceremony on Sept. 12, 2021. The ceremony honored those that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony was also part of the NFL's effort to honor first responders across the United States on Sept. 11 and in games on the following days. 

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department
Local first responders and members of the military represented at the Indianapolis Colts game on Sept. 12, 2021.

Members of the Indianapolis Fire Department stood by IMPD police officers, Indianapolis medics, Indiana State Troopers, and members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Members of the military were also seen taking the field ahead of the game. 

Players took a knee and prayed, and teammates locked arms as the American flag was pulled across the field before the game.

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department
Players took a knee and prayed and teammates locked arms as the American flag was pulled across the field before the game.

Outside Lucas Oil Stadium, a garrison flag flew high, waving in the breeze near "Colts Touchdown Town."

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department
A garrison flag flies outside Lucas Oil Stadium near Colts Touchdown Town on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

When the game ended, it was ultimately the Seahawks who came out on top. 

Russell Wilson threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half, and Seattle clamped down in the second half to give the Seahawks a 28-16 season-opening victory at Indianapolis. 

Indianapolis lost its eighth straight opener and its fifth in a row with a different quarterback.

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