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

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.”