9/11 Remembrance Day Signed Into Law


On Wednesday, September 11, public school students across New York took a moment to reflect and learn about a major event in American history that they weren’t alive for when it happened—September 11, 2001. Two days earlier, a bill sponsored by local elected officials and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, was signed into law, mandating that New York public schools have a moment of silence as part of September 11th Remembrance Day.

“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. “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.”

The legislation, S.4166A/A.1801B, establishes September 11th Remembrance Day. In honor of the day, there will be 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, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history. The law went into effect immediately.

The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo, who was excited to see it pass into law. “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. “Since 2001, our country has been united through four simple words, ‘We will never forget’ and with the Governor signing this measure, we can ensure that all school children will continue to keep those words active in their hearts and minds.”

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato was also a big supporter of the bill and helped it pass in the Assembly. “Students graduating from high school  as part of the Class of 2019 were just newborns during the terrorist 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,” she said. “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. Governor Cuomo understands the importance of educating our children about our state and country’s history. I applaud him for signing this bill into law and for his continued partnership.”