TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (Camden/Gloucester) to establish a moment of remembrance on Sept. 11 to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil was approved today by the full Senate.
The resolution (SR-127) calls upon New Jerseyans to cease all work or other activity for one minute starting at 1 pm on Sept. 11 for a moment of reflection in honor of those who lost their lives on that day. In addition, the resolution requests that residents mark the moment in an appropriate manner, to include ringing bells, blowing whistles or sounding sirens.
“Ten years ago, our world changed forever as we witnessed the worst terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil. New Jersey lost nearly 700 residents on that dark day. But even in the midst of the attacks, we saw true acts of heroism, as our emergency responders traveled to World Trade Center to provide aid to their fellow citizens,” said Senator Norcross.
“As we mark the ten-year anniversary of this tragic event, we will ask New Jersey residents to join together in observing a moment of remembrance,” the Senator added. “By doing this, we will demonstrate that we remember all those who lost their lives, that we stand with those who lost loved ones and that we remain united against the forces at home and abroad that seek to cause us harm.”
The moment of remembrance to be observed in New Jersey through this legislation would correspond with a national moment of remembrance established through legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg and approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate in July. Under the senator’s legislation, the entire country is encouraged to participate in a one-minute moment of reflection at 1 pm on Sept. 11.