President Joe Biden will honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11th in the United States this Saturday visiting each of the sites where hijacked planes crashed in 2001, honoring the victims of the devastating attack.
Biden started the day in New York, where he attended a ceremony at the site of the twin towers of the World Trade Center before being hit by planes. He and the former presidents Bill Clinton e Barack Obama and the crowd held a moment of silence at 8:46 am to mark the time when the first plane hit one of the buildings.
Nearly 3,000 people died in attacks in New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, where passengers on United Flight 93 battled the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field, preventing another target from being hit.
Biden will also travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where former President George W. Bush, who led the country at the time, is present, in a rare public appearance.
Afterwards, Biden will return to the Washington area to visit the Pentagon, the symbol of US military might that was hit by another of the planes that were used as missiles that day.
The anniversary comes just after the end of the US-led war in Afghanistan, launched some 20 years ago to eradicate al Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 attacks.
Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops in August, months after the deadline set by his Republican predecessor Donald Trump, and the resulting rapid fall of the country into Taliban hands have drawn criticism from members of both political parties.
Biden is not expected to comment on either site, but he released a video on Friday to express his condolences to the victims’ loved ones and highlight the resulting national unity, at least initially, after 9/11.
“It’s so hard. Whether it’s the first grade or the 20th grade, kids grew up without parents and parents suffered childless,” Biden said.
The president highlighted the heroism that was seen in the days that followed the attacks. “We also saw something very rare: a real sense of national unity,” said Biden.
US presidents often travel to one of three attack sites on the anniversary of September 11, but it is unusual to go to all three on the same day.
“The president felt it was important to visit each of these three sites to commemorate the lives lost, the sacrifices made in a day that affected millions of people across the country, but certainly many people in these communities,” said the House spokeswoman. White Jen Psaki on Friday.