Moment of Silence Set For Thursday

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The PGA Tour announced it would temporarily halt play for a moment of silence at noon Thursday during the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic. The tribute is in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
 
Three short air horn signals will indicate play has been suspended. The program dubbed the Tribute to America Ceremony will include the singing of God Bless America, comments from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, a moment of silence and the singing of the National Anthem.
 
The ceremony will last approximately seven minutes, at which point two short air horn signals will indicate play is to resume.
 
Similar ceremonies will be held at the Buy.Com Boise Open at noon MT on Thursday and the Senior PGA Tour's SAS Championship in North Carolina at noon ET time Friday.
 
The tour canceled all tournaments last week after the tragic events in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. This week, spectators can expect heightened security.
 
Finchem said Wednesday there would be more security personnel at events; no 'back packs or large parcels' will be allowed on site; and 'smaller parcels or handbags' will be searched.
 
Finchem also announced that a 'patriotic rally' would be held next Tuesday at Fiesta Texas, near the site of next week's Texas Open in San Antonio.
 
The festivities will welcome all tour players, and include the 12 United States Ryder Cup members and captain Curtis Strange.
 
'It will be an effort to publicly have the game of golf come together and demonstrate its recognition of the need to support the families of the victims,' said Finchem.
 
Finchem also said the one-hour event (to begin at 6:00 p.m. local time) will raise money on top of the $2 million the PGA Tour pledged last week to a Disaster Relief Fund.