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9/8/2023 Sen. Raptakis to resubmit bill to commemorate Sept. 11 with moment of silence in schools
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Lou Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) plans to reintroduce legislation to allow teachers in public schools to hold a brief moment of silence to recognize the anniversary of the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The proposal, which he last introduced in 2022 (2022-S 2171), is modeled on a measure enacted in the New York state to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

“It’s important to recognize this terrible moment in our history and to memorialize those who lost their lives or loved ones on that day,” said Senator Raptakis. “I hope that the legislature will take action on this legislation to allow Rhode Island educators to join with their colleagues in New York in having the chance to honor future anniversaries.”

“This is a reminder that after more than 20 years, terrorism will not go away.  This bill will commemorate the tragic losses of the past while signaling that we must remain vigilant for the future,” concluded Senator Raptakis.

Senator Raptakis will be among those attending the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the State House Monday on the 22nd anniversary of the tragedy. The event, hosted by Gov. Daniel McKee, will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the State House rotunda. 

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Director of Communications for the Senate
State House Room 112
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558