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News Release - Mayor Richards Asks Community to Mark 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks with Moment of Remembrance

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News Release

(Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards is asking all Rochesterians and area institutions to join him in participating in the national Moment of Remembrance commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Mayor is promoting the United States Senate’s “Stop and Remember” resolution, which urges the entire country to simultaneously pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.

The Moment of Remembrance will take place for one full minute at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 as cities and towns, firehouses, churches and other institutions across the country are called upon to sound sirens and ring bells during that minute. The sounding of the sirens and bells will be a signal for citizens to stop and remember the people who were lost and a demonstration of the perseverance of the American people.

“I am honored to join the U.S. Senate in making this Moment of Remembrance a symbol of solidarity throughout our city and across the country,” said Mayor Richards. “All of our first responders deserve to be thanked for their heroic service and remembered in a special way not only on this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, but every day.”

At 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, Mayor Richards will join Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, Rochester Fire Chief John Caufield, Emergency Communications Director John Merklinger, members of the Rochester City Council and other community first responders at Rochester’s fallen police officer and firefighter monuments in front of the Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Blvd. The officials will pay tribute to those who lost their lives and took part in 9/11 rescue efforts. They will then begin the Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. with a community-wide sounding of first responder sirens.

Mayor Richards is asking all community institutions including media outlets, houses of worship, military organizations, veteran’s organizations, airports, railroads, sports teams, police, fire and other public institutions, educational institutions, businesses and other public and private institutions to observe the moment of remembrance for one minute by ceasing all work or other activity and marking the moment in an appropriate manner, including ringing bells or sounding sirens.

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News Media: For more information, contact the Communications Bureau at 428-7135.


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