US President Joe Biden will visit all three 9/11 memorials to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Biden will also pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died that day.
The White House said Saturday that Biden would visit 9/11 sites in New York City, the Pentagon and memorials outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 was forcefully brought down. He will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden.
Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for a separate event before joining the president at the Pentagon, the White House said. Harris will be traveling with her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Biden’s schedule of events is similar to that of President Barack Obama’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attack. Obama’s visit to New York City coincided with the unveiling of a monument at the site where the two towers of the World Trade Center once stood.
The anniversary next Saturday will fall less than two weeks after the end of the two-decade war in Afghanistan. The war was launched weeks after the 9/11 attacks to avenge al-Qaida who carried out the attacks, as well as the Taliban who gave them cover. [vm/ft]