updated 04/21/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/21/2013 AT 1:20 PM ET
Like many Americans, Neil Diamond was so moved by the tragedy in Boston over the past week that he wanted to do his part to help.
And he did so like only an iconic singer could.
As soon as Diamond heard that the Boston Red Sox game would go on as planned Saturday (after Dzokhar Tsarnzev, the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect was caught) he felt he needed to be there, his rep tells PEOPLE. So the singer and his wife took a red-eye flight across the country Friday night so he’d be able to express his support.