Both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are visiting Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Friday to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Trump will deliver remarks at the ceremony in rural Pennsylvania, where Flight 93, one of the hijacked planes, crashed in a field.
“Nineteen years ago, on this day, at this hour, on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation,” Mr. Trump said during his brief remarks. “Today, we pay tribute to their sacrifice – and we mourn deeply for the nearly 3,000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken from us on September 11, 2001.”
In his speech, Mr. Trump remembered the lives of the 40 people who died in the crash in Shanksville, and praised the American public for unifying in the aftermath of these attacks.
“Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge, is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump and Biden’s appearances will not overlap, since the president will be at the Shanksville memorial in the morning at the same time the Democratic nominee is in New York City for the commemoration ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Biden told reporters on Friday morning that he intends to focus on commemorating the anniversary of the attacks, and said that his campaign would not be advertising today.
Vice President Mike Pence will also be attending the ceremony in New York City on Friday morning.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which also included attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia.