A new law has been signed in New York which mandates public schools across the state to observe a moment of silence as a tribute to lives lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks, reported CNN.
The law hopes to “encourage dialogue and education in the classroom” and to ensure that future generations learn about the tragedy that took place in 2001 – that led to the deaths of more than 3,000 people.
“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,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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,” he added.
“The average school-age citizen in New York may have no personal recollection of these events, having not yet been born in 2001, making it imperative that our public education system take the time to educate students in both the loss and heroism experienced on 9/11,” said state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.
There will soon be no students in the public school system that were born at the time of 9/11, and Addabbo and Amato want to ensure that both the victims and those that gave their lives on 9/11 are not forgotten.
The new law will be implemented immediately.