In New York, a dispute over coronavirus-safety precautions is leading to screen-screen remembrances on Friday, one at the World Trade Center at the Sept 11 Memorial Plaza and the other at a nearby corner. The Pentagon’s observance would be so restrictive that victims may not even join families, although smaller groups may visit the memorial later in the day.
Trump and Biden are both at different times – for the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Trump is speaking at the morning ceremony, the White House said. Biden planned to pay respects there in the afternoon after attending the observance at the 9/11 Memorial in New York.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is also due to zero in the field – and then a few blocks away at the optional ceremony.
In short, the 9/11 anniversary is a complex occasion in a one-year Melestrom as America grapples with a health crisis, searches its soul over racial injustice and prepares to elect a leader to chart the way forward. Does.
Still, 9/11 families say it is important for the nation to remember the hijacked-plane attacks at the Pentagon at the trade center and near Shanksville on September 11, 2001, shaping US policy by about 3,000 Killed people. Security and daily life in places ranging from airports to office buildings.
“I know that America’s heart beats 9/11 and of course, thinks about that sad day. I don’t think people forget,” says Anthula Kasatimatides, who lost her brother John And now on board are The National Sept 11 Monument and Museum.
Trump will see Trump for the second time on Friday, celebrating the 9/11 anniversary at Flight 93 Memorial, where he made the remarks in 2018. Biden spoke at Memorial’s dedication in 2011, when he was vice president.
In New York, there is a long custom of not allowing politicians to speak at the Ground Zero ceremony, although they may participate. Biden did this as vice president in 2010 and Trump in 2016 as a candidate.
Although the candidates will be focused on commemoration, the political significance of their focus on Shanksville is hard to ignore: Pennsylvania should be a winning state for both. Trump won it by less than one percentage point in 2016.
Across the country, some communities have canceled 9/11 memorials due to the epidemic, while others are going forward, sometimes with modifications.
The New York memorial is changing one of the central traditions of its ceremony: relatives have read the names of the dead, often adding poignant tributes.
Thousands of family members are still invited. But they would hear a recording of the names from speakers spread around the huge plaza, a plan that memorial leaders felt would avoid close contact at one stage but still allow families to remember their loved ones at the place Gives where he died.
But relatives of some victims felt that the change saw its emotional impact. Stephen Siler Tunnel for the Towers Foundation, a separate 9/11-related group, conducts their own, somewhat distant ceremony, stating that there is no reason why people cannot hear names while keeping a safe distance.
The two organizations also attacked Tribute in Light, a powerful beam that shines in the night sky near the business center and ejects its fallen twin towers. The 9/11 memorial initially canceled the demonstration, citing virus-safety concerns for the installation team. After the Tunnel Foundation, the Towers Foundation vowed to replace the lights with the help of its president, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Tunnel to Towers, meanwhile, arranged for the first time to display a single beam at the Shanksville Monument and Pentagon.
Over the years, the anniversary has also become a day for volunteering. Because of the epidemic, 9/11 National Service Day and Remembrance Association are encouraging people to donate or do other household chores this year.