New NY Law Requires Schools to Hold ‘Moment of Silence’ for 9/11

Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law which would require public schools to host a moment of silence in the classroom on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack which resulted in nearly 3,000 civilian and first responder deaths across four separate strikes.

According to the NY Governor site, the bill established “September 11th Remembrance Day” which “allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom.”

In a statement released by Governor Cuomo, “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. 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.”

In a time of political and social divide, the spirits of the lives lost that tragic day and in the years following due to the various cancers caused by the rubble can at least rest easy knowing this horrific event brings people together in solidarity.

On the 18th anniversary of the largest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, it became apparent there are now adults who were not alive during the event. many millennial’s for that matter were too young to even know what was going on, let alone remember the day. Never Forget is losing it’s meaning, many fear.

New York Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato said in a statement, “soon enough there will be no students in the national public school system born at the time of 9/11. 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.”

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