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NY schools must observe 9/11 anniversary, says new law

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On September 11, New York schools will be providing a moment of silence for students to observe the anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on the U.S.

A new state law now requires schools to provide the time every year on 9/11 at the beginning of the school day, to create an educational opportunity for students, many of whom were not even born at the time of the largest terror attack on U.S. soil.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed the law which “allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th,” according to the governor’s office.

The Democrat noted that “9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state’s and this nation’s history,” referring to the terrorist attack which took the lives of thousands and destroyed Manhattan’s iconic World Trade Center towers.

The law establishing September 11th Remembrance Day provides the moment of silence “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 governor’s office stated.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Democrats representing the borough of Queens, sponsored the bill in the legislature where it passed with the unanimous approval of state lawmakers.

“I am grateful for Governor Cuomo’s approval of my 9/11 observance bill,” Addabbo said in a statement shared by Cuomo’s office. “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.”

“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,” Pheffer Amato said.

The law, which goes into effect immediately was applauded as well on social media where many users were surprised to be praising efforts by New York Democrats.

Other Twitter users were glad for the initiative but reminded lawmakers of the big picture.

Frieda Powers


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