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>> she said we were young, it was cartoonish. > the tenth anniversary of 9/1r 9/11,9/11, a ful9 remembrances. ♪ the tenth day of 9/11, a full day of solemn remembrances. that was yoyo ma at ground zero in manhattan. preparations are under way for monday's cnn tea party republican debate. we'll begin with 9/11 observances around the country. in new york a tree filled plaza surrounds two large square fountains where the twin fountains once stood. one by one the people's names were read aloud who died ten years ago today. ceremonies at the pentagon as well. 184 people died when american airlines flight 77 flew into the side of the building. in shanksville, pennsylvania --
♪ o beautiful for spacious skies ♪ >> there was also a ceremony at the site where united airlines flight 93 went down in a field. we go to chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. a long and emotional day for everyone, including the president. >> reporter: that's right, don. this is a day that started before dusk for the president and still hasn't ended. he gun at ground zero with former president george bush. the last time the two men spoke was the night osama bin laden was killed. today he got a look at the 9/11 memorial. we're told that he was impressed with it, that he said he felt it meets the moment and he was moved by the serenity of today, by the families and the gathering and the setting he saw there. the president in his only public remarks so far today read from psalm 46. we're told he chose that psalm
because it speaks in his view to persevering through difficult challenges and merging stronger. from that site he went to shanksville, with the first lady, where he visited the impact site of flight 93. he walked through a new memorial there and laid a wreath at the site there, a very solemn moment, but he also took quite a bit of time, don, to shake hands with the crowd there, and this crowd was much more vocal than the crowd that he had seen at ground zero, at some points they were calling his name and even chanting "usa, usa" repeatedly. his next stop at the pentagon a few hours ago, they sang "amazing grace" and again he spent some time speaking with the families of those lost, and this day of remembrance, it still is not over. you know, don, for a president who really is known for his words, today has been so emotional not for what has been
said but really for all of these images. >> god is our refuge and strength. a very present help in trouble. therefore, we will not fear. even though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling, there's a river whose stream shall make glad the city of god. the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high. >> reporter: to date those are his own public remarks of the day, psalm 46. we have yet to hear from him tonight, when he will be making remarks in his own words. >> jessica yellin thank you very much, jessica. we appreciate it.
they may be miles from any attack sites but cities and towns are recognizing this day in their own ways, in georgia at the kennesaw mountain national park volunteers put up a flag for each life lost on september 11th. nearly 3,000 people were killed that day, the flags will fly through friday. american flags are blowing in the breeze in tempe, arizona, in a park there at what's being called the healing field. every victim of the 9/11 attacks is represented by a flag on an eight-foot, tall paul, each with a card carrying the victim's names and a short biography, the eighth year in a row that volunteers have set up the flags. against the backdrop of this somber occasion a hyperawareness of potential security threats. today incidents of two airline flights were suspicious enough to attract attention. brian todd is in washington with the latest information. so brian, let's begin with the los angeles to new york flight that triggered a scramble by
f-16s. what happened? >> don that was american airlines flight 34 from los angeles to jfk airport. a passenger alerted the crew to a security concern. no one on board requested military or law enforcement assistance but out of an abundance of caution authorities shadowed the plane safely at kennedy airport at 4:10 p.m. eastern time, a little less than two hours ago. law enforcement met the flight and is interviewing passengers. in that second incident the flight crew on board frontier airlines flight 623 from denver to detroit observed at least two men behaving suspiciously. we have a tower cam picture of the tarmac in detroit. a frontier spokesman said it involved a man spending 20
minutes in the bathroom while another man waited in the forward galley, they alternated positions. they checked out the plane and found there was nothing wrong. the plane with 116 passengers and four crew members aboard landed safely in detroit but at that point law enforcement took three people into custody. now that of course differs a little bit, two people were acting suspiciously we're told but three taken into custody, they are being questioned now we're told by fbi, other federal officials and local law enforcement. the tsa has been checking out that aircraft according to the frontier spokesman so a little bit of the jitters here on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 leading to some of these security measures. >> understood, brian todd, thank you very much for that. for many survivors of 9/11 the anniversary brings back a flood of sights and sounds from that day. >> i'm sitting here and i'm seeing the flames in front of me. on this beautiful morning.
>> that was our very own barbara starr, inside the pentagon, we'll tell us what it was like when a plane going 500 miles an hour slammed into that building. the cnn election express is here in tampa, we're gearing up for monday's big cnn tea party republican debate, and we'll do a little debating of our own. ng? man 1: send, that is the weekend. app grapgic: yeah dawg! man 2: allow me to crack...the bubbly! man 1: don't mind if i doozy. man 3: is a gentleman with a brostache invited over to this party? man 1: only if he's ready to rock! ♪ sfx: guitar and trumpet jam vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. [ doorbell rings ] hello there. i'm here to pick up helen. ah. mom? he's here. nice wheels. oh, thanks. keeps me young. hello there, handsome.
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analyst in chicago and l.z. anderson is a senior write at espn.com and also joined here in tampa is our senior political editor mr. mark preston. mark, we're going to get to you but i want to start with lenny. the tea party is hosting the debate. will the candidates have to walk a fine line between appealing to the tea party and appealing to the rest of the republican party? >> not tomorrow. i think what they're going to be able to do, remember this is a primary. they'll continue to speak to the tea party members because they're the most likely to vote and drive the primaries. this is where the money is coming from and the votes are coming from and the momentum is coming from. don't be surprised if nobody comes to the center, particularly mitt romney who has to get party surprised. don't be surprised if he goes
straight after the audience considering the tea party express is there tomorrow. >> mark, do you agree? not only tea party members are going to be watching. are they going to appeal to the tea party? >> that's the target audience but mitt romney has to be careful. we saw in last week's debate he spoke highly of the tea party. he would not say he himself is a tea party member. jon huntsman will try to portray himself as a middle of the road republican. >> this popped into my head all of the time we have been here talking there may be an opening now that amichele bachmann is ranking lower. is there an opening for someone like a romney so maybe lenny is right, maybe they'll try to go after that audience, after those voters and trying to get what michele bachmann has lost, so to speak and what sarah palin, who is not in the race has? >> what we've seen, those people that michele bachmann, have
moved to rick perry and the big thing as lenny says, michele bachmann trying to get the tea party supporters that propelled per over the summer to leave perry and come back to her. >> l.z., do they need to reach beyond the tea party audience? they're going after the tea party voters, that's the target audience. do you think in the debate they need to go beyond that? >> depends what the goal is. if they need to go beyond the nomination i don't think they need to reach beyond the tea party. if they're serious about being in the white house they need to find a way to reach the right base without alienating the middle. it's the middle which decided who got into the presidency in 2008. in 2012 it will be the same, the independents and moderates will decide. >> l.z., you have written about huntsman, it was an interesting article, maybe he should run as
an independent, may be better off. huntsman so far is really low in the polls, not doing very well. is this a do or die for him? after this, does maybe he stand a chance, maybe can he run as an independent. this is a do or die moment for him, l.z. >> i think he's already dead, actually. if you consider the fact that he hasn't really tried to really, he hasn't really tried to woo the ta parea party or the socia conservatives or republican base. i think that ship is gone for the presidential race. i think he can be an attractive person as vp to add to a ticket like rick perry, someone who needs to communicate to the moderate that they're not going to go full crazy on them. huntsman can be appealing in that way. i see some advantages for him staying in the conversation but not as a presidential candidate but maybe as a vp choice. >> mark, that's a pretty bold
statement. he said he's done. >> a lot of people are saying that. i talked to the governor about this and said what is your strategy going to be? i was with him in hasmenew hamp. he said it's all about recognition. i need to get my name recognition to 60%, 70%, that's when he will go on the air in new hampshire. that's make or break. does he stay in it to become a vice presidential nominee. >> lenny, do you believe that, is he the only one done? what about michele bachmann and the other folks in this debate or who are in this race now? >> here's the thing, don. michele bachmann's people are down in tampa right now, those are not jon huntsman's people. he could still lay in the weeds a little bit, gather more name cache, have good points at the debates, seem like the sensible one in the room. the only two really sensible people worldly at the debates, newt gingrich and jon huntsman, both very low in the polls.
huntsman knows he doesn't have the damage gingrich has to his reputation. if huntsman hangs around until the beginning of 2012, gather name cache and gather more money he can get past the hard conservative primary states and start to make a real movement for himself if he can stay in this past the beginning of 2012. >> all right, lenny, l.z., mark preston thank you very much. l.z. and mark will stick around. we'll be here live for a long time. stick with cnn. don't miss monday night's republican debate co-hosted by cnn and the tea party 8:00 p.m. eastern, live from tampa, the site of the 2012 national convention, the cnn/tea party republican debate, monday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. lots of buzz out there on social media about the tea party debate, i'm online getting lots of your messages, my blog
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choices make a difference, that love and sacrifice can triumph over evil and hate, and that what happened above this pennsylvania field ranks among the most courageous acts in american history. >> from shanksville to the pentagon, thousands remember the heroes of 9/11 today. president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon memorial site, 184 people died when american airlines flight 77 flew into the side of the building. our very own barbara starr was in the building that tuesday morning doing her job as a pentagon correspondent when the plane hit. she recounts those horrifying moment, september 11th just happens to be her birthday. >> you were either here that day or you weren't. for the people who work in the building today who were there ten years ago, i don't think you can ever forget. i'm sitting here, and i'm seeing the flames in front of me on this beautiful morning.
9/11 is my birthday. i looked out, the weather was beautiful. i thought hmm, how little time could i possibly spend at work? i'll put something nice on, go out to dinner with friends and it will be a nice birthday. but then, new york. ten years ago this was the area where the pentagon press corps was working. that morning, we'd been watching the attacks unfold in new york. i came out in this hallway and suddenly there was a pentagon policeman coming from that direction, running down this hallway yelling "get out, get out! everybody get out! we've been hit! get out." american airlines flight 77 slammed into the pentagon. by the time i made my way from my office down there to this part of the hallway it was full of people, we could smell the smoke. hundreds of people coming into
this hallway, coming down the stairs from the upper floors, coming up the stairs from the basement. the doors had closed shut due to the security alert, so it took a few minutes for them to open them and for people to begin to make their way out to safety. this entire side of the pentagon was a wall of flame and black smoke. i remember seeing people coming out of the wreckage where the plane had hit, some covered in blood, trying to mike their way to safety, hundreds of workers had gathered over here, at one point before a large number of police or fire personnel could even get here, they called for people who had any kind of emergency or medical training, and hundreds of military people came moving back in towards the wreckage to help in any way that they could. that's what it was really all about here, on that day, in this place, for the u.s. military, no retreat, no surrender.
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costianes and dana lash, talk show host and co-founder of the st. louis tea party and also cnn contributor. once again, l.z. granderson, cnn contributor and senior writer at cnn.com. i know it should be over here but the words are on this camera. we're in florida, a must win state for the gop, if they want to win the house. what do republicans have to do. alex, what do they have to do here in florida? >> here in florida the big issue is social security in addition of course to jobs and growth. there's a spat between mitt romney and rick perry on social security. perry has lost his campaign by firing a missile and hitting grandma's house. he might undo social security. >> i had a copy of the ad they sent out. those two going against each other. that's really targeted because they know that a lot of seniors live here and those are the voters that they're going after. >> yes. democrat or republican, you
still want to pay your rent every month and a lot of seniors in this state count on that. interesting, i saw the ad that romney did, i against a flier or handout, it doesn't mention ponzi scheme, that rick perry called social security a ponzi scheme, because frankly, a lot of seniors think it is. they know there's no money there, they know social security is bankrupt. the problem is rick perry went farther than that, he might undo social security if he could go back 70 years. he said it was a failure. >> he said "reckless and wrong." mitt romney says preserve and protect social security. two candidates, saying this is a two-candidate race even though it's early on and sending out material like this. is that so? >> i think it's a little premature at this point to immediately think that no one else is in the running and we still may see other candidates get involved. there's the big palin question as to whether or not she'll toss
her hat in the ring. the last debate it was set up the way it was structured, the questions fielded and the way that perry and romney specifically targeted each other, they've set it up as to being a two-man race. i think the debate tomorrow night will refrain that narrative. >> l.z. the last time we spoke for huntsman he said it's over. >> i disagree. >> l.z. these guys disagree. anybody else you want to count out in this race? >> i think huntsman made his bed fairly early in the campaign not trying to say the things or do the things to appease to the social conterveive base won the gop. if he had at least been willing to play nice with them he could still be in the conversation. at the end ef the day people will look at his jobs he said about science and the things he said about the tea party in general and not going to find him to be an appealing candidate at all for them so i do think
it's over for him. >> but only him? >> only him, yes. only him. i think everyone else is trying to appease the tea party. even if they don't agree 100%, even mitt romney who flip-flops anyway, he's trying to be nicey nice to the tea party and i don't see huntsman doing that outside of saying he would not rule out being may shell backman's candidate a few weeks ago that's the only gesture he made towards the tea party and that's one of the reasons why he's so appealing to independents. >> alex wants to jump in. go ahead. >> i say it's all ofly early. if huntsman takes the super pack, that can raise money and go on boston tv in 30 days he could move from 1% to 12%, 15%. he has a message, look, i'm going to transform washington so we can get this economy going again because our biggest competitor in the world is china, and i know them because
i've been there and i know how to grow this economy. he's got a slot in this race. he could try to fulfill. i agree time is running out, he has to do something soon. >> as i listen to republican consultants and pundits here, they say that huntsman seemed like the adult in the room in the last debate but nobody's listening. if isn't anybody listening? >> i don't know of any grassroots that identify with jon huntsman. i disagree with alex. i think his campaign is over and i don't know why he's still on stage, frankly at debates. >> really? >> he's trying to -- >> that's pretty harsh. i'm sure his people are watching this going why is she saying that in. >> i'll get the hate mail later and i'll put it all in my spam folder. he's one of the most moderate people in the primary and i think if we're going to go for a moderate i think romney kind of has the patent on this in this particular primary. >> moderation doesn't appeal to
anyone? you have to be in one place, i hate to say extreme. i think the tea partiers hate that. >> when you look at extreme, climate change and global warming and being supportive of certain epa policies that are job killing and you can't hold a certain position on that issue while at the same time say that you're really serious about growing jobs. even the president kind of went against huntsman on that. >> romney and perry a suicide murder pact and no one left at the end of the day. >> bachmann? >> even if you say it's over, if they're not polling well, bachmann still has money, huntsman has money, they still have money. if you don't have money you have to get out of the race, right? they still have money. maybe that's why he's still up on the stage. >> the beatles were wrong, money can buy love. >> absolutely can. >> it's good to have money but also good to have people who vote for you and i don't think that he has anybody in the gop
who really feels fired up about him, money or no money. >> i would agree with that. you have to have people to come and vote for you. >> all right, wow, you guys are harsh. thank you. see you around. we're not going anywhere. they'll be back with us. don't miss monday night's republican debate where all those people on the stage, these guys say some don't know why some are still there. the debate at 8:00 p.m., live from here in tampa, site of the 2012 national convention. cnn/tea party debate. 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. at least one more member of the gadhafi family slipped the libyan border. in texas, a new crop of wildfires has flared up.
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against the taliban. this was the scene at bagram airbase outside kabul. [ "taps" ]. >> while soldiers paused to reflect at one base, at another, there was a reminder that the battle is not over. cnn's richelle carey is in the studio with that and the day's other top stories. hello, richelle. >> don, thank you. on the eve of the anniversary the taliban showed it can still launch a dangerous attack. a suicide attack overnight on a coalition base in afghanistan, left two civilians dead and as many as 77 nato personnel wounded. most of the injured are americans, but none of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening. militants used a truck, loaded with explosives to carry out that suicide attack. the swedish security service
says that it arrested four people overnight suspected of plotting a terror attack. the security service warned islamic terrorism is the country's biggest threat. an official in niger tells cnn saari gadhafi fled to the country, at the same time fighters loyal to the new libyan government are trying to stamp out the last pockets of pro-gadhafi resistance. government forces are regrouping outside bani walid while trying to cut off supplies to gadhafi's hometown of sirte. at least two dozen new wildfires have erupted in texas. we're keeping count, that is nearly 180 in just the last week. the fires have destroyed more
than 1,000 homes across the state. texas is experiencing its driest weather since 1895. president obama traveled to all three locations devastated by the terror attacks ten years ago today. this afternoon, he attended a remembrance at the pentagon, where 184 victims died and earlier, he walked the fields of shanksville, pennsylvania, remembering the 40 lost there and the president began his day at the ceremony at ground zero, where 2,753 people were killed. tonight the president will speak during a concert for hope at the kennedy center. let's go back to you, don lemon, now in tampa. >> all right, richelle carey, we'll see you a little bit later on. thank you so much. >> you bet. proof today the brotherhood of firefighters spans the globe. firefighters in australia paid tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives at ground zero. and see asia's spiritual and sentimental tributes to the
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lost on september 11th, 2001. pope benedict xvi offered a service of memory and prayer. his was one of many tributes. asadae, the french have built an amazing memorial near their icon, the eiffel tower. tell us about it. >> hi, don, they have and it's their replicas of the world trade center, the two towers, they built, two large scaffolding they have wrapped in white cloth with the names of the victims right on it and at the top it says "september 11th the french will never forget" the plaza from across the tower, you can have a nice view from
the eiffel tower, hundreds of people were gathered at this, we'll get to a few others in a second. >> it's interesting to see beyond the united states what people are doing, the folks here who are in studio with me are looking at the pictures, it's quite amazing. azadae, water was a prominent theme, the chinese are using water to remember the anniversary as well. >> the memorial service that took place in front of the u.s. embassy, led by gary locke, u.s. ambassador to china, he's there with some kids and they're letting, they're like paper lan derns setting afloat as a symbol of peace and hope and they're kind of in the shape of water lilies, if you can get a close look there, very colorful and more of a peaceful memorial there in china, in beijing. >> after the united states, azadae, the united kingdom lost
most victims on 9/11, british citizens killed at the world center were many, numerous. how did the uk recognize this day? >> i also want to mention, 90 countries lost citizens in these attacks. the uk having lost the most. these remembrances were led by prince charles here, you can see him laying a wreath here and prime minister david cameron, and the thing is that they had, the families of the victims walk up, mention the name of their loved ones, and the lost loved ones and placed a long white stem rose on the memorial garden that's been created here for them, and each rose had a black and white picture attached to it of the family's member that had fallen. >> azaday i understand firefighters around the world are also paying tribute. >> that's right, so in sydney, this is probably one of the more symbolic memorials we've seen,
video from news 9-1 of the affiliates. a group rushed up the sydney tower, and what they did, once they got up there they overlooked the city and one he has an emotional response to this, a moment of silence and the whole gesture there was to symbolize the rush that the firefighters made up the towers to save the lives of hundreds upon hundreds of people of the day of the attacks. >> remembrances around the world, we thank you. we're going to lighten the mood, it's been a tough, emotional day for everyone. football fever in the air, the first sunday action in the nfl season, but one very important quarterback m.i.a., is missing, and college players who thought they signed up to just play football, but quickly discovered after 9/11, they were committed to a whole lot more. we're going to talk all about it
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pro football is back but one of its biggest stars is missing. joining us john wortheim, it's focusing on college football, john the nfl has a spotlight on the opening day of the regular season. what is the latest, this is the story everybody's talking about, the colts quarterback payteyton manning. third skt neck surgery. >> neck injury, this could be a rough year for indianapolis. this year is looking pretty grim. >> is this something that could have been caught sooner especially you said it was a condensed season, could it have
been caught sooner? >> well, the colts have been very sort of cloak and dagger about this. remember, too, we had this lockout so we didn't have the usually interaction between players and teams. paiton had surgery earlier, goes to camp and supposedly threw the ball a little earlier in noncontact drills. you could tell from the arm and shoulder it wasn't right, underwent surgery thursday and for all intents this is looking to be pretty much a wash of the season for the indianapolis colts. >> yikes. as you mentioned they got trounced today by the houston texans 34-7. how would you compare manning's importance to the colts compared to other quarterbacks and their teams? >> well, this guy's been the colts' maininning to the colts? >> one of the all-time great quarterbacks. tom brady injured a few years ago, ehler l earlier in the sea. this is the seminole player on
the team. the quarterback position, how important. look at the backup, kerry collins and see how important peyton manning is to the team. >> turning to tennis quick. watching since i've been leer. serena williams doing great. any surprise there? she won. >> no, no. she lost. big upset. >> i thought -- oh, she defeated -- i thought serena williams defeated? i got it wrong. >> no. serena williams, sort of out-serena. >> a surprise to me. >> huge surprise. huge surprise. >> huge surprise to me. quickly, talk about rafael nadal playing novak djokovic, never get his name right, in the final on monday. no surprise there? >> well, it's no surprise those two are meeting in the final, number one and number two. we'll see how it goes. djokovic owned nadal.
if djokovic wins this, his third major of the year and we'll have to talk about this as one of the great seasons in men's tennis history. should be a good one tomorrow. >> finally, there's been a lot of buzz about these new uniforms that college teams have broken out. the uniforms georgia wore in the opener, being called power rangers. all about the money in attracting young recruits with these uniforms? how do you like them? >> they look good on you. no. i think -- you said it. a lot of people think this was a merchandizing play, but i think some of this is, well, hey, the 17-year-old kids, appeal to them in a new way. dress in crazy uniforms. maryland's mimicking the state flag. a fun conversation. you'll note which are using them and which aren't. no. it gave us something extra to talk about the first game of the college football season. >> you see the name there's. one, chick 23e8 fichick-fil-a,
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our attention is focused today on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. john wertheim of "sports illustrated" is with us against. you just finished a remarkable piece in which you talked with some of the guys who played in the army/navy game a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks. they signed up in a time of peace and graduated in a time of war. >> reporter: yeah. exactly. the fall of 2001. these are college football players. all of a sudden the attacks happen and suddenly their reality is completely changed. they realize once they get out of the academies they're going off and fight, and that story was just remarkable. we talk lately about scandals in college sports. if you want something to offset that, all the altoids, spend time around army/navy. they played the game in the fall of 2001. a few months later go off in
combat. remarkable talking to them ten years later. >> did they realize immediately how their lives and careers would be affected by these attacks? >> reporter: absolutely immediately. they realized what they signed up for on 9/11. even reports there would be additional attacks at the service academies. they knew what the deal was and after getting out of the academies many were marines. they fought in iraq and afghanistan, and some of them were honestly killed in combat. others won silver stars and purple hearts. you think about the way that 9/11 affected all of us, but for these guys who were, some of them freshmen and sophomores in college, you think about the profound impact that had and what they did subsequent. an honor to report that story. >> the army/navy game, john, was played before a packed stadium in philadelphia, including president bush. what did they say about the president being there? he spoke to them in their locker
rooms, right? >> reporter: yeah. he spoke to them as he does every year. general schwarzkopf was there and senator mccain. to start with, a tense atmosphere. remember, in the fall of 2001, everything thautd ought of as a target, they were nervous playing the game. the teams not particularly good. yet they sold out the game. a flyby. a lot of pomp and circumstance. it didn't matter who won. as an event, something i'll never forget. when you look back at put it in the context of the army/navy game 2001, it really was a special sports moment. >> the two teams won only three games combined that season but said they were treated differently when they played on the road than they had been in the past. >> reporter: yeah. i'm glad you brought that up. they said exactly the same thing. when they traveled they used to be booed, razzled on the team bus. they said every visiting game,
standing ovations. teams meeting them, applauding them when they got off the bus. the reception they got on the road validate wlhat they did. didn't win many games but interesting treatment as a visiting team that season. >> i understand two navy players from that game were layer killed in action along with a player who graduated just a year before? >> reporter: yeah, exactly. the three circumstances were sort of remarkably different and yes remarkably similar. you're right. they had teammates, these players did, that were mortally wounded in combat. it sort of adds nor lanother lao this. these are exceptional college athletes and i couldn't help reporting this story again against the back drop of tattoos and boosters, this is everything right about college sports. ten years later, remarkable to talk to them. >> as you had been watching the events all day, from tennis, to