September 09, 2011

Rockefeller & Manchin Resolution Establishes National Moment of Remembrance for 9/11 Victims & Survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A resolution that Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin helped offer this summer will create a national moment of remembrance on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 to honor the almost 3,000 people who were killed that day.

“On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the members of the Senate will take a moment of silence to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that devastating day,” said Rockefeller.  “It is our responsibility to continue to honor the victims, survivors, and their families.  In West Virginia, this day hits home as we remember Dr. Paul Ambrose of Barboursville, Mary Lou Hague of Parkersburg, and Shelley Marshall whose family resides in Martinsburg.  Each of us can recall where we were on that terrifying day ten years ago.  It is evidence of a country that has changed forever.  On this anniversary, we should put aside our differences and, just as we did a decade ago, come together as a nation for a moment of remembrance and reflection.”

“So many innocent Americans died on September 11, 2001, and so many Americans have given their lives in defense of our country in the years since,” said Manchin.  “Our hearts still ache with sadness over their loss, and their families and loved ones are always in our prayers.  On the 10th anniversary of that tragic day, it is so important that we come together to honor the memory of the ones we have lost, and to recapture the spirit of unity that we all felt that day, as Americans.  We must remember that despite our differences, we all share one very important thing in common – we are all Americans.  It is our pride in America, our freedoms, and our way of life that should unite us on September 11, and every day.” 

The resolution, which was approved by the Senate in July, calls on Americans to cease work and other activity for a one minute Moment of Remembrance on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at 1 p.m. EST on September 11, 2011.  

The resolution recognizes the victims of the attacks, including first responders and survivors, and expresses deep condolences for the lives lost at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.