Biden to visit Shanksville for 9/11 anniversary

CNHI FileDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, then vice president, speaks during the 2011 observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County. Biden is expected to visit the memorial during this year’s observance.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Former Vice President Joe Biden, this year’s Democratic Party presidential nominee, is scheduled to visit Shanksville on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

He will be joined by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, according to a press release from his campaign.

Biden, while serving as vice president, spoke during formal ceremonies in 2011 and 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers on board fought back against the terrorists.

“Today we stand on this hallowed ground, a place made sacred by the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and the crew of Flight 93,” Biden said in 2012. “And it’s as if the flowers, as I walked here, as if the flowers were giving testament to how sacred this ground is.”

No announcement was made as to whether Biden will speak at this year’s event. But details are expected in the upcoming days.

Organizers have scaled back the usual ceremony as part of a COVID-19 pandemic mitigation effort.

This year’s shortened event is expected to include a “Moment of Remembrance” during which the names of the passengers and crew will be read aloud.

The appearance in Shanksville will be Biden’s second visit to the region within two weeks. He gave a speech in Pittsburgh on Monday.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a campaign stop at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe today.

CNHI News Service