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9/11 Remembrance Day: New law allows for moment of silence at public schools

Posted: 1:00 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 13:00:11-04
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday establishing September 11th Remembrance Day.

The new law allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th. This law also encourages discussions and education in the classroom so future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history.

"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 law is effective immediately.