Sept. 3, 2009 — September brings the stretch run for Major League Baseball and the official start of football in the NFL and the NCAA, which means plenty of national anthems will be performed around the country.
Trace Adkins, Diamond Rio and Rick Trevino are all on tap to do the honors in the coming days, though football's not in the mix. Instead, the settings are a baseball game, a NASCAR event and a memorial ceremony eight years after the shock of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Put your hand over your heart for the following:
• Trace will be in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11 to deliver "The Star-Spangled Banner" during an event marking eighth years since passengers on United Flight 93 fought back terrorists who had hijacked their plane and brought it down in western Pennsylvania. That same day in Pittsburgh (via a remote), Toby Keith will take part in an event at Pittsburgh s Heinz Field hosted by three former Steelers. Organizers hope to raise $300,000 toward a Flight 93 memorial.
• Diamond Rio is slated to perform the national anthem Sunday prior to the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. On Sept. 22, they'll release their first-ever Christian album, The Reason.
• Rick Trevino takes part Saturday in the Kansas City Royals' annual Viva Los Royals celebration at Kauffman Stadium. The '70s funk band War will deliver a pre-game concert and Mexican entertainer Angelica Vale will throw out the first pitch, according to infozine.com, as the Royals take on the Los Angeles Angels.