“Monday Night Football” returned to Los Angeles for the first time in 33 years, and it included remembrances of the two disasters which have hit our region in the last two weeks.
As part of the game, there were special ceremonies to commemorate victims and first responders from the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Southern California wildfires.
Thousands of the first responders were invited to the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Players from both the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs wore hats honoring first responders, including the Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The widow and son of Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, who died trying to stop the gunman in the Thousand Oaks attack, lit the Olympic torch at the LA Memorial Coliseum prior to kickoff.
And, the Cal Lutheran Choir sang the national anthem. Justin Meek, who was one of the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting, was a former member of the Choir.