Sept. 18, 2013
By Keith Mills
Press Box Online
On a warm September night at Camden Yards, more than 20,000 fans gathered to watch the Orioles and Yankees play for their American League wild-card lives, and observe one of the most solemn days in U.S. history -- Sept. 11, 2001.
Among the crowd were four graduates of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., three from Maryland and one from New York, who stood tall and proud together as the Oriole Park PA first blasted Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA," then "America the Beautiful" to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
"We didn't plan this until last week," local businessman Lou Kousouris III said. "The date wasn't even set. Then we noticed it fell on 9/11 and it was really kind of eerie. To be with the guys tonight, here at an Orioles-Yankees game -- guys that all served, all went to West Point -- it really helps us all kind of cope with what happened back in 2001."
Joining Lou Kousouris, a former Army captain, at Camden Yards that night were Maj. Ross Yastrzemsky, Maj. Michael Parks and Capt. Eric Mineo. All four graduated from West Point, and all four played lacrosse, which is another reason the four friends gathered together Sept. 11, 2013, to watch the Orioles play the Yankees.
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