2004-07-16 / Community

Assembly Designates 9/11 As ‘Remembrance Day’

Assembly Designates 9/11 As ‘Remembrance Day’

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that, before recessing, the Assembly passed legislation she sponsored designating September 11th as "September 11th Remembrance Day," a day of commemoration to honor the victims of our nation’s worst terrorist attack.

"September 11th is forever etched in our minds as a day of unthinkable horror," Assemblywoman Pheffer said. "It is only fitting that we pause to reflect and remember the thousands of innocent people who died in an attack on American principles of freedom and equality."

The legislation would ensure the American flag is displayed and flown at half-mast at all public institutions on that day. Pheffer noted that the thousands killed in attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania included firefighters, police officers, rescue workers and private citizens. Countless more were physically and psychologically injured in the attack.

"We should honor not only the memory of all those lost on September 11th, but also the many acts of heroism and courage displayed in the face of danger," stated the Assemblywoman. "We’ll never personally know all those who became heroes on 9/11 — the firefighters who rushed into danger; the citizens who carried the injured down flights of stairs; nor the airline passengers who probably saved hundred of lives taking on their attackers. But on this day, we can honor them all by reflecting on their sacrifices and courage in the face of almost unimaginable darkness," concluded Pheffer.

The measure has passed the Assembly and Senate and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

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