Until now, not a single American president has broken this tradition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) —
It will be the first time that a sitting U.S. President will not attend any of the observances commemorating the tragedies of 9/11 that have been held annually in New York City, in Pennsylvania, or at the Pentagon in Virginia just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. according to an Associated Press.
Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes on Sept. 11th, 2001, and flew two of them into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City’s financial district, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, while a fourth plane – United Airlines Flight 93 – crashed into an open field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all passengers, crew members, and terrorists on board.
Passengers on the fourth plane fought back and overtook the hijacker's efforts, leading the plane to crash in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.
Now president Joe Biden
was a U.S. Senator at the time.
This year, Mr. Biden will observe next month’s 22nd Anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil while stopping at an Alaska military base to meet with service members and their families, the White House recently announced.
Biden will stop in Alaska for the 9/11
observance at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage
on his way back to Washington, D.C. from attending an international summit in New Delhi, India with other world leaders.
New Delhi is the capital of India, and the seat of all three branches of the government of India.
He will also then visit the country of Vietnam on Sunday, Sept. 10th.
Vice President Kamala Harris
and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will participate in the annual commemoration at the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan.
First lady Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon.
The White House has not announced which administration official, if any, will be participating in the Pennsylvania observance.