Bon Jovi: 'I want the country of Sept. 12th again'

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Touching news out of New York via the Associated Press: Hirsute '80s rocker Jon Bon Jovi returned to a Manhattan fire house Wednesday to pay tribute to firefighters marking the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The New Jersey native was filmed singing America The Beautiful by an NBC television crew preparing for a special "NFL Kickoff 2011: Back to Football" show Saturday. He sang the same song for a performance that aired nationally on Sept. 23, 2001 prior to the kickoff of the first NFL games after 9/11

Bon Jovi said he was in his New Jersey home's gym on Sept. 11, 2001 watching the news with his wife when the towers were hit by hijacked planes. He said later that day he joined others at the shore in Seabright, N.J. in Monmouth County, home to many of the victims.

"I want the country of Sept. 12th again, when everybody came together," he said. "We said we'd never forget and now we can live up to it."

-- Associated Press

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 9:36am]

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