WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, New Jersey’s two senators and their colleagues from New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Virginia introduced a resolution that calls on Americans to come together as a nation for a Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, marked by a minute of reflection and ringing of bells and sounding of sirens across the country.
“Sept. 11 changed our lives and we must never forget the victims and its impact on our way of life. This Moment of Remembrance will be a striking symbol of American solidarity that will bring us closer together to honor the thousands of innocent lives lost on that tragic day, as well as the thousands who survived but continue to be impacted by this horrific attack,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ.) “Ten years have passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and we continue to show the terrorists that the strength and resilience of America cannot be underestimated.”
“Sept. 11, 2001 was the most devastating attack on United States soil and continues to reverberate in the minds and hearts of all Americans. This resolution for a unified moment of remembrance provides an opportunity for our nation to once again come together to recognize the nearly 3,000 lives lost and thousands who survived. It also honors the inspirational sacrifices made by so many to protect our country today, and to provide hope for future generations,” said Mary Fetchet, Founding Director of Voices of September 11th and mother of 24-year-old Brad Fetchet, who perished at the World Trade Center site.
The resolution recognizes the victims of the attacks, including the first responders and survivors, and expresses deep condolences for the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa.
It calls on state and local governments, media, houses of worship, military and veteran organizations, airports and railroads, sports teams, businesses and individuals to cease all work or other activity for one minute and mark the moment in an appropriate manner, such as by ringing bells or sounding sirens.
The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Lautenberg, Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA).
The moment of remembrance resolution is supported by the 9/11 family groups, Voices of September 11th and MyGoodDeed.
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