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'Remembrance Day' for 9/11 in schools is now law

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019 3:57 pm | Updated: 1:10 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2019.

The next election in November will mark the first time people who were not born the day the Twin Towers came down can vote. 

Eighteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the memory of that dark day is still strong among those who were here to see it.

But concern is growing that a new generation of the youngsters who did not experience it firsthand should be taught what happened.

A new law, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato(D- Rockaway Beach) and signed into law Monday, mandates that schools observe a moment of silence on 9/11 to commemorate those who were killed.

“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,” Addabbo said in a prepared statement. 

The new Sept. 11 Remembrance Day law goes into effect immediately. In addition to the moment of silence, it mandates a discussion at the start of the school day.

“Soon enough there will be no students in the national public school system born at the time of 9/11,” Pheffer Amato said in her statement. “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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  • Buster57 posted at 5:53 pm on Wed, Sep 11, 2019.

    Buster57 Posts: 79

    1) Better late than never. Very overdo but definitely a worthwhile thing to do.

    2) I did not see/hear this happen in the NYC school where I work! Wish I had seen this sooner, I would have said something to the principal.

  • Linnster posted at 7:56 pm on Mon, Sep 9, 2019.

    Linnster Posts: 10

    This is a little late in coming don't you think? It's been 18 years and NOW they're commemorating the date?

  • stan chaz posted at 6:41 pm on Mon, Sep 9, 2019.

    stan chaz Posts: 33

    This is fitting and proper and overdue, so that future generations will continue to commemorate & remember the spirit of sacrifice and bravery of all the responders of 9/11.

    It’s a LIVING memorial that compliments the many memorials of stone & concrete set up in their name, and in their honor.

    However I must also note that we have a clueless President who had actually planned to bring the Taliban to American soil at Camp David- THE TALIBAN - a mere DAYS before the 9/11 anniversary! God, if Obama had tried to pull the same stunt they would have crucified him.And while Trump claims to love the military he illegally & unconstitutionally steals crucial funds from the military to try to fund his politically motivated border wall - the same wall that Mexico was supposed to have paid for (just like WE’RE paying for his tariff tantrums).Trump loves expensive military parades, just like his bloody dictator friends, but when it comes to military families he screws them, just as he did with the brave legacy of John McCain, and just as he’s doing now to mixed-status families of military servicemen trying to become full-fledged Americans. The NERVE of this excuse for a President, with his priviledged rich-man’s retractable bone spurs. He’s a shameless President who embraces & aids & defends our sworn enemies while gutless conservative Republicans stay silent - in exchange for a few pieces of tax-cut gold bribes to keep them quiet.

    Enough! Taliban Trump should go & shack up with his best bro Putin, instead of doing further damage to America, Americans, and American values. We need and deserve brave heroes and leaders and role models like the responders of 9/11, not self-serving con-men like Trump.

    Edited by staff.