All 100 Senators Co-Sponsor

WASHINGTON, DC – With unanimous support, the U.S. Senate today approved a measure introduced by U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) calling on Americans to come together as a nation for a Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. EDT on September 11, 2011.  The Moment of Remembrance will memorialize the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks across the country with a minute of reflection, marked by the ringing of bells, sounding of sirens and other actions to remember the victims. 

“Many of us recall the love of country we experienced in the days, weeks and months after the attacks in 2001. During that period, it seemed like everywhere you turned, you saw an American flag. As a nation, we were willing to set aside our differences to mourn our losses and work together to defeat those who threaten our way of life,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “I believe the national Moment of Remembrance can help us recapture that spirit of unity, and remind everyone how strong we are when we stand together.”

The Moment of Remembrance resolution is supported by 9/11 family, support and advocacy groups, including Voices of September 11th, Friends of Firefighters, Tuesday's Children, Families of September 11th, and the leaders of MyGoodDeed.

“This Moment of Remembrance provides an opportunity for our country to come together on September 11th to honor the almost 3,000 lives lost and the sacrifices made by thousands of rescue workers and survivors at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon and in  Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We applaud Senator Lautenberg’s heartfelt leadership in proposing the resolution and we are grateful to the members of  Congress for their unwavering support,” said Mary Fetchet, Founding Director of Voices of September 11th and mother of 24-year-old Brad Fetchet, who perished at the World Trade Center site.    

“My hope is that the remembrance of the attack of 9/11 will reflect on the greatness of our country and all those who helped us in our darkest days.  At that time we showed the world the best of what we are made, and that education should be continued for all generations. The strongest tribute to those who perished that day is to live our lives more fully. I appreciate Senator Lautenberg’s work to create this national Moment of Remembrance and provide us with an opportunity for a moving tribute,” said Virginia Bauer, an advocate for families of the victims of the September 11th attacks who lost her husband, W. David Bauer, at the World Trade Center site.

"We strongly support meaningful initiatives that provide constructive ways for Americans to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and all those that rose in service in response to the attacks.  We encourage the nation to pay tribute through charitable service in observance of 9/11, and hope additionally that all Americans will also voluntarily engage in a brief pause of their activities as proposed by U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg and so many others," said David Paine, co-founder of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. 

“Thanks to Senator Lautenberg, all Americans will now unite at a designated time every year to reflect on the significance of our collective loss. Comforting in its simplicity, and respect for those lost on 9/11, this bill assures our families and rescue workers that their loved ones will not be forgotten,” said Nancy Carbone, Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters.

“Tuesday’s Children is proud to stand alongside Senator Lautenberg and support this nationwide moment of remembrance on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  This important tribute would give all Americans the chance to come together in solidarity not only to reflect on the profound loss we suffered a decade ago, but to remember the 9/11 families whose grace, strength and dignity have inspired our nation,” said Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children, a well-respected non-profit organization serving the needs of the 9/11 families and first responders."

“As we remember those cherished ones we lost on September 11th,  we remember also how our nation, unique in it's diversity, came together, unified and patriotic. It is a lesson worth remembering today,” said Nancy H. Aronson, Families of September 11.  Her sister-in-law, Myra Joy Aronson, was on AA Flight 11. She was on a business trip to California. She was 50.

Senator Lautenberg’s Moment of Remembrance measure 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 measure was cosponsored by the entire Senate, including Senator Lautenberg’s colleagues from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia and Massachusetts: Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jim Webb (D-VA), John F. Kerry (D-MA) and Scott P. Brown (R-MA).