Dear Families and Friends,
This week Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey introduced a resolution that "calls on Americans to come together as a nation for a Moment of Remembrance at 1:00 PM on September 11, 2011." We are grateful to Senator Lautenberg and his co-sponsors, Senators Robert Menendez , Charles Schumer, Robert P. Casey, Jr., Pat Toomey, Richard Blumenthal, Joseph Lieberman, Mark Warner, and Jim Webb, for their leadership in sponsoring this meaningful resolution.
As I stated in the press release below, I believe that 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. To view the resolution in its entirety, click here.
We hope you will spread the word and encourage your commumnities to participate in marking the anniversary with a minute of reflection and ringing of bells and sounding of sirens.
Mary Fetchet & The VOICES Staff
|LAUTENBERG INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH NATIONWIDE SEPTEMBER 11TH MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE
ON TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH NATIONWIDE MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE WILL BE STRIKING SYMBOL OF AMERICAN SOLIDARITY
LAUTENBERG JOINED BY SENATORS FROM NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, CONNECTICUT & VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and his colleagues from New Jersey, 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 September 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.
"September 11th 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," Lautenberg said. "Ten years have passed since the September 11th terrorist attacks and we continue to show the terrorists that the strength and resilience of America cannot be underestimated."
"September 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 11thand 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 complete text of the resolution can be found here.
The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (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.