President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. There is no official information yet as to whether they’re visits will coincide or they will attend at different times.
According to the local Daily Item, both will attend the event with their wives, Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Melania Trump.
No announcement was made as to whether President Trump or Biden will give any kind of speech at the memorial site, but more details are expected in the coming days.
“To mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country and to honor and remember the lives lost, President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS will travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, next Friday, to the @Flight93NPS Memorial.” White House spokesman Jude Deere announced on his Twitter account.
To mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country and to honor and remember the lives lost, President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS will travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, next Friday, to the @Flight93NPS Memorial | https://t.co/Hu6JI0brUq
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) September 2, 2020
Both President Trump and Biden in his role as vice president have attended the Sept. 11 ceremonies in Pennsylvania. While the usual ceremonies they have attended traditionally lasted 90 minutes, it would now be reduced to about 20 minutes and limited attendance will apply due to restrictions caused by the CCP Virus pandemic.
It is now customary for President Trump to visit one of the memorial sites every on Sept. 11. According to Fox News, the last time President Trump attended the memorial for Flight 93 in Pennsylvania was in 2018.
In 2016, President Trump and his political opponent Hillary Clinton visited ground zero in Manhattan, the site of the World Trade Center memorial where nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2001. That was the last time the president visited his hometown memorial.
In the 2017 and 2019 commemorations, President Trump was present at the Pentagon memorials.
Biden, while serving as vice president of the Obama administration, spoke during formal ceremonies in 2011 and 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.
“Today we stand on this hallowed ground, a place made sacred by the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and the crew of Flight 93,” Biden said in 2012. “And it’s as if the flowers, as I walked here, as if the flowers were giving testament to how sacred this ground is.”
President Trump in his 2018 visit said, “A piece of America is buried on these grounds. This field is now a monument to American defiance. This memorial sends a message—that Americans will never submit to tyranny.”