Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law on Monday enacting 9/11 as a remembrance day in New York schools for the attacks on New York City in 2001.
Public schools will hold a brief moment of silence in memory of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center as well as the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
The law takes effect immediately ahead of Wednesday which will mark 18 years since the events that shook the United States.
“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,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“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 measure was sponsored by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Sen. Joe Addabbo, and was approved unanimously by state legislators before being signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.