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Chapter 683
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F.S. 683.335
683.335 9/11 Heroes’ Day.
(1) The Governor shall proclaim September 11 of each year as “9/11 Heroes’ Day,” which shall be suitably observed in the public schools of the state as a day honoring those who perished in the September 11, 2001, attacks, including 2,763 people at the World Trade Center, 189 people at the Pentagon, and 44 people on United Airlines Flight 93, and the 25,000 people maimed or fatally injured on or after that date, and which shall be suitably observed by public exercise in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the Governor may designate.
(2) If September 11 falls on a day that is not a school day, “9/11 Heroes’ Day” shall be observed in the public schools in the state on the preceding school day or on such school day as may be designated by local school authorities.
(3) Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, middle school and high school students enrolled in the civics education class required by s. 1003.4156 or the United States Government class required by s. 1003.4282(3)(d), respectively, must receive at least 45 minutes of instruction on “9/11 Heroes’ Day” topics involving the history and significance of September 11, 2001, including remembering the sacrifice of military personnel, government employees, civilians, and emergency responders who were killed, wounded, or suffered sickness due to the terrorist attacks on or after that date, including, but not limited to:
(a) The historical context of global terrorism.
(b) A timeline of events on September 11, 2001, including the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.
(c) The selfless heroism of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, other first responders, and civilians involved in the rescue and recovery of victims and the heroic actions taken by the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93.
(d) The unprecedented outpouring of humanitarian, charitable, and volunteer aid occurring after the events of September 11, 2001.
(e) The global response to terrorism and importance of respecting civil liberties while ensuring safety and security.
(4) The State Board of Education must adopt revised social studies standards for inclusion in the civics education course required by s. 1003.4156 and the United States Government class required by s. 1003.4282(3)(d) which incorporate the requirements of this section.
History.s. 1, ch. 2023-39.