Bennett, Latifah To Salute Heroes At U.S. Open
Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, and actor Judd Hirsch will salute New York's uniformed and civilian heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during an on-court ceremony Monday (Aug. 26) at the opening niTony Bennett, Queen Latifah, and actor Judd Hirsch will salute New York's uniformed and civilian heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during an on-court ceremony Monday (Aug. 26) at the opening night of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Honor guards from the New York Fire and Police departments, as well as the Port Authority Police and the U.S. Marine Corps, will also participate in the event at the National Tennis Center in Flushing the New York borough of Queens.
New York Police Academy cadets will carry flags from each of the 60 home countries of the players participating in this year's tournament. In addition, the American flag recovered from the World Trade Center site will be raised atop Arthur Ashe Stadium during the tournament's two-week run.
Bennett, who was born in nearby Astoria, Queens, will sing "America the Beautiful." Queen Latifah will sing the National Anthem, while Hirsch will narrate the story of the "Heroes" flag.
In other news, pop vocalist Vanessa Carlton has been added to the lineup for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, to be held Saturday (Aug. 24) at National Tennis Center. As previously reported, BBMak and Mario will also perform at the event, which will be hosted by Summer Sanders and MTV's Quddus. A two-hour special will air the following day on CBS.