2002-08-31 / Community

Governor Encourages Unity

For 9/11 Anniversary

For 9/11 Anniversary

Governor George E. Pataki has announced plans that will allow all New Yorkers to pay tribute in their own way to the heroes who died on September 11, from morning services to candlelight vigils to private moments of silence.

"New Yorkers lost so much on that tragic day, and yet showed the world so much courage and compassion," governor Pataki said. "As we approach the one year anniversary of September 11, we are mindful that the awful tragedy suffered at the hands of terrorists left a wake of destruction and grief for those affected both directly and indirectly. These ceremonies will offer all New Yorkers a chance to focus their thoughts and prayers in remembrance of the tragic loss endured that day, as well as the heroism of countless New Yorkers."

The Governor said whether at formal events, in schools, at home or work, New Yorkers should observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment of the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center, pause again at 9:03 at the time of the second impact, 9:59 a.m. at the time the first tower collapsed, and finally at 10:29 a.m. at the time of the second tower collapse.

Municipal and church bells will toll across the State at precisely 10:29 a.m. as part of the effort to reflect on and remember the tragic events, as well as the heroism, of that day.

In addition to the simultaneous tolling of bells across the State, the Governor is encouraging all religious institutions to remain open into the evening hours to provide a venue for New Yorkers to pray and be comforted in their respective houses of worship.

The Governor has also asked that all schools and higher educational institutions provide for moments of silence to give both students and the public a chance to center their thoughts on the tragedy, as well as to develop age-appropriate ways for students to share their thoughts and feelings with each other and their teachers.

Local officials across the State have been asked by the Governor to plan memorial events with regard to observances taking place in New York City. Examples of this range from observing the same moments of quietude and contemplation as in NYC, to the building of organized processions and candlelight vigils.

September 11 plans for New York City include a morning ceremony that will include bagpipe processions to Ground Zero from each of the City's five boroughs; appropriate moments of silence and reflection; a reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Governor Pataki; the subsequent reading of the names of the people killed in the attack at the World Trade Center, led by former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; followed by Taps; followed by New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey reading an excerpt of the Declaration of Independence. The program will include a moment of silence at 10:29 a.m.

At sunset, an eternal flame will be lit at Battery Park and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will read excerpts from Roosevelt's "The Four Freedoms" speech as people throughout the nation hold candlelight vigils of remembrance and renewal.

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