|Is this mandatory or just a suggestion? Do we have to face Washington when we do this?
||[Aug. 26th, 2011|04:52 pm]
S. RES. 237
Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding coming together as a Nation and ceasing all work or other activity for a moment of remembrance beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks committed against the United States on September 11, 2001.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 22, 2011
Whereas September 11 will never, and should never, be just another day in the hearts and minds of all people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) recognizes September 11, 2011, as a day of solemn commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001, and a day to come together as a Nation;
(2) offers its deepest and most sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the innocent victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks;
(3) honors the heroic service, actions, and sacrifices of first responders, law enforcement personnel, State and local officials, volunteers, and countless others who aided the innocent victims of those attacks and, in doing so, bravely risked and often gave their own lives;
(4) recognizes the valiant service, actions, and sacrifices of United States personnel, including members of the United States Armed Forces, the United States intelligence agencies, the United States diplomatic service, homeland security and law enforcement personnel, and their families, who have given so much, including their lives and well-being, to support the cause of freedom and defend the security of the United States;
(5) reaffirms that the people of the United States will never forget the challenges our country endured on and since September 11, 2001, and will work tirelessly to defeat those who attacked the United States; and
(6) on the 10th anniversary of this tragic day in United States history--
(A) calls upon all of the people and institutions of the United States to observe a moment of remembrance on September 11, 2011, including--
(i) media outlets;
(ii) houses of worship;
(iii) military organizations;
(iv) veterans organizations;
(viii) sports teams;
(ix) the Federal Government;
(x) State and local governments;
(xi) police, fire, and other public institutions;
(xii) educational institutions;
(xiii) businesses; and
(xiv) other public and private institutions; and
(B) encourages the observance of the moment of remembrance or prayer to last for 1 minute beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time by, to the maximum extent practicable--
(i) ceasing all work or other activity; and
(ii) marking the moment in an appropriate manner, including by ringing bells, blowing whistles, or sounding sirens.
Does anyone else see the irony in Mayor Bloomberg banning religious observances at Ground Zero on Sept 11, 2011, which just happens to fall on a SUNDAY this year?