Cuomo signs bill establishing 'September 11th Remembrance Day'
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation establishing September 11th Remembrance Day.
The new law allows for a “brief moment of silence” in public schools at the beginning of the school day every September 11. According to Cuomo's office, the law intends to “encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history”.
The law is effective immediately.
"9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state's and this nation's history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive," Governor Cuomo said. "By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response."
“Students graduating from High School as part of the Class of 2019 were just newborns during the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, and soon enough there will be no students in the national public school system born at the time of 9/11,” said Assemblywoman Stacy Pheffer Amato, who represents New York State's 23rd Assembly District, which covers parts of Queens.
“By mandating a brief moment of silent reflection every year, we may ensure that future generations will better understand this day and its significance in our history. Governor Cuomo understands the importance of educating our children about our state and country's history. I applaud him for signing this bill into law and for his continued partnership."
The bill was sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. of Queens.
"I am grateful for Governor Cuomo's approval of my 9/11 observance bill,” said Addabbo. “I am hopeful that this new law will mean that the significance of the tragic events of September 11th, whether it be the loss of loved ones or the largest rescue operation our nation ever witnessed, will be forever acknowledged by school students too young to have witnessed this life-changing day."