US President Joe Biden to celebrate September 11 20th anniversary at 3 memorial sites


Next Saturday’s anniversary falls less than two weeks after the nearly two-decade American war in Afghanistan ends

President Joe Biden will visit the three 9/11 commemorative sites to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

Mr. Biden will visit Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon and the memorial outside Shanksville, Pa., Where United Flight 93 was forced to descend, the White House said on Saturday.

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Shanksville, Pa. For a separate event before joining the president at the Pentagon, the White House has announced.

Mr. Biden’s route is similar to that which President Barack Obama followed in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Obama’s visit to New York City coincided with the opening of the memorial at the site where the iconic World Trade Center towers once stood.

Next Saturday’s anniversary falls less than two weeks after the end of the nearly two-decade American war in Afghanistan. The war was launched weeks after the September 11 attacks to retaliate against al Qaeda plotters and the Taliban, who provided them with safe haven.

Mr Biden has found public support for ending the conflict but has faced strong criticism, even from allies, for the chaotic evacuation of US troops and allied Afghans over the past two weeks of August.

Mr Biden on Friday ordered the declassification of some documents related to the 9/11 attacks in a gesture to the families of the victims who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government.

The conflict between the government and families over classified information that could be made public became public last month after many relatives, survivors and first responders said they would oppose Mr Biden’s participation in the events commemorations of September 11 if the documents remained classified. .


Kevin E. Boling

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