Never Forget: New Law Ensures Moment of Silence in Schools for 9/11 Remembrance
Every public school will observe a moment of silence on 9/11, according to a new law in New York State.
Nearly every child in New York public schools today only remembers 9/11 from news coverage, photographs, and documentaries. A new law establishing a '9/11 Remembrance Day' was signed into effect by Governor Cuomo. The new law will help keep the memory of 9/11 alive by allowing for a moment of silence on the anniversary each year. The law is designed "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," according to the Governor's office.
On September 11, 2001, the United States lost 2,977 people in a coordinated attack with hijacked airplanes. In New York, 2,753 were lost when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
"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.