Trump And Biden Visit Shanksville To Honor 9/11

Henrietta Brewer
September 13, 2020

As US marked the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack on Friday, New York City was seen shining in the twin beams of blue as a tribute to those killed in the terror attack which occurred in the year 2001.

Later in the day, Biden also travelled to Shanksville, where he laid a wreath at the memorial and met with families of some victims.

"To every 9/11 member all across this nation: The First Lady and I come to this hallowed ground deeply aware that we can not fill the void in your heart or erase the bad sorrow of this day", the President said.

Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden greeted one another at a September 11, 2001, memorial in New York City. "We took all our advertising down, it's a solemn day, and that's how we're going to keep it, OK?"

Unlike previous years, when the site of the attacks filled with people and victims' names were read by family members from a stage, the prerecorded names were played over speakers to avoid close contact.

In short, the 19th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on USA soil was a complicated occasion in a maelstrom of a year, as the US grapples with a pandemic, searches its soul over racial injustice and prepares to choose a leader to chart a path forward.

The Republican president meanwhile travelled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania some 480 kilometres to the west of NY, where an airliner crashed after the passengers tried to wrest control from the Al-Qaeda hijackers. Meanwhile, the majority of Biden's criticism has been focused on Trump, alleging that he lied to the American people during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) attend a 9/11 memorial service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City on Sept. 11, 2020.

Moments of silence: The first moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. ET, followed by other moments of silence at 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m., and 10:03 a.m.

Trump left the White House to attend a morning ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, a White House official said.

The ceremonies will nevertheless be closely followed by the media, and offer Biden and Trump a chance to "show their leadership and empathy".

"And against Bernie he was normal", Trump had said.

In a prepared statement issued after his visit to New York, Biden said 19 years ago "our nation was tested by an unspeakable act of cowardice and hate". Three other planes hijacked that day were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon. I mean, there's possibly drugs.

Trump said this in an interview with Fox News which is due to be appeared in full on Saturday. He said 9/11 "revealed the character of Americans" and also compared the tragedy to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 190,000. "We stand together, understanding we are all in this together".

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