Biden and Obama to attend 9/11 memorials on Saturday

Biden and Obama to attend memorials on Saturday
The 9/11 memorial in New York. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The somber memorials that take place in New York, the outskirts of Washington DC and in Pennsylvania every September 11 to mark the biggest terrorist attacks in US history will take on an extra significance on Saturday morning, as the country commemorates the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida hijackings.

Many family members of the nearly 3,000 victims killed on that attacks are expected to gather in a field in Shanksville, downtown Manhattan, and at the Pentagon, where the suicide attackers crashed the passenger jets they had seized that morning.

President Joe Biden will visit all three sites, and will be joined at Ground Zero in New York by former President Barack Obama, whom he served for two terms as vice-president.

Small memorials will be held across the United States, and millions are expected to tune in to TV coverage that will blanket stations throughout the day.

President Biden is due to fly into New York on Friday night, and join a ceremony along with Barack Obama at 8.30am on Saturday. Family members of the victims of that horrific attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial, at the site where the two towers of the World Trade Center stood and then collapsed as a hijacked jet was flown into each.

Former president George W Bush will give a speech in a Pennsylvania ceremony, which will begin at 9.45am at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.

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