Assemblymember Cahillís Measure Honors September 11th Victims

Requires flags to be flown at half-staff every September 11th
June 29, 2004

Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster and Dutchess Counties) today announced that the Assembly passed legislation he supported creating the designation of "September 11th Remembrance Day," to commemorate and honor the victims of our nationís worst domestic civilian attack (A.11673).

"September 11th is forever etched in our minds as a day of unspeakable horror," Mr. Cahill 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. Assemblymember Cahill noted that those killed in attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania included firefighters, police officers, rescue workers and private citizens. Countless more were physically, emotionally and psychologically injured in the attack.

"We should honor not only the memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11th, but also the many acts of heroism and courage displayed in the face of danger," Assemblymember Cahill said. "Weíll never personally know all those who became heroes on September 11th, the firefighters who rushed into danger, the citizens who carried the injured down flights of stairs and the airline passengers who may have saved hundreds of lives taking on their attackers. But on this day, we can honor them all by reflecting on their sacrifices and courage, their many points of light, in the face of almost unimaginable darkness," he concluded.

The measure has passed both houses of the Legislature and is being sent to the Governor for his signature.