U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today in announcing that Chicago will join the growing list of cities committed to participating in a national Moment of Remembrance on 9/11. The city will be encouraging local residents to memorialize the September 11th terrorist attacks with one minute of reflection, marked by the ringing of bells, sounding of sirens and other actions to remember the lives lost that day.
"We can never forget the dark minutes, hours, days, and months after the 9/11 attacks," said Durbin. "During the National Moment of Remembrance, every Chicagoan, Illinoisan, and American should remember the thousands of innocent lives lost that day and pay tribute to every first responder and volunteer involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. These heroes put their lives on the line. They exemplified the strength and perseverance that define the American spirit."
The Moment of Remembrance was established by a measure -- introduced by Lautenberg and cosponsored by Durbin and Kirk -- that was approved unanimously by the Senate. The Moment of Remembrance will take place at 1 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. in Chicago, on September 11, 2011.
"I am pleased Chicago is participating in the National Moment of Remembrance and will be a part of this shared moment of American solidarity on September 11th," stated Lautenberg. "As sirens and bells ring out across the country, every American should stop and remember for one minute the thousands of innocent lives lost on 9/11 and take pride in the strength and perseverance of the American people."
"I commend Senator Lautenberg for his leadership to unite the nation in recognition of 9/11," said Kirk. "Chicagoans are honored to show their solidarity and respect for the victims of that tragic day and preventing terrorist attacks in the future."