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.
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.
9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in our nation’s history, and we owe it to those we lost to keep their memory alive.
Today I signed legislation establishing an annual day of remembrance and a moment of silence in public schools to ensure we never forget.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 9, 2019
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.”
My thanks to @NYGovCuomo for signing my 9/11 Rememebrance bill.The new law means the significance of the 9/11 tragedy,the loss of loved ones,our nations largest rescue operation,will forever be acknowledged by students too young to have witnessed the day that changed our lives.
— SenatorJoeAddabbo (@SenJoeAddabbo) September 9, 2019
“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.
‼️‼️‼️BREAKING NEWS ‼️‼️‼️
— Stacey Pheffer Amato (@Stacey23AD) September 9, 2019
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.
Well I’ll be darned, I never thought I would ever say this but, Good Job!
— 24th Assembly Republican District leader. (@PhilQueensNY) September 9, 2019
A true thank you from this humble responder, our schools are the perfect place to remember this event, have meaningful discussions, and honor our heroes
— Kyle M Belokopitsky (@kbelokopitsky) September 9, 2019
So important to the next generations to have this.
— Lisa Helvey-Poole (@HelveyPoole) September 10, 2019
I find myself highly disagreeing with nearly everything you do, but here you get credit. This is absolutely needed as I have seen first hand children having no clue what 9/11 was about. We owe it to the thousands we lost and the first responders still being lost to illness. ??
— Phil (@NYPatriot27) September 10, 2019
Other Twitter users were glad for the initiative but reminded lawmakers of the big picture.
It’s one thing to never forget, it’s another thing to help kids understand why it happened. What are kids being taught about that?
— Kristen T (@sofreshandsoKT) September 9, 2019
What happened to the pledge of Allegiance in school.? If we must bring anything back for starters let’s work with bringing that back first; baby steps people.
— Michael Carrasquillo (@carrasquillo784) September 9, 2019
19 years after the fact and 8 years after you took office….. it must have been high on your To Do list as Governor.
— Eclectic Eccentric (@EclecticEccent2) September 9, 2019
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