President Biden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday by traveling to the three sites of the terrorist attacks.
Driving the news: Biden will visit Lower Manhattan in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, where planes crashed after terrorists hijacked them on Sept. 11, 2001, claiming nearly 3,000 lives.
Vice President Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff will travel to Shanksville for an event before joining Biden and first lady Jill at the Pentagon, the Washington Post reports.
The big picture: The 20th anniversary of 9/11 comes less than a month after the final U.S. troops departed Afghanistan, culminating in the end of America’s longest war, which began as a response to the 2001 attacks.
Biden also signed an executive order last week directing the Department of Justice and other agencies to pursue a declassification review of documents related to the FBI’s investigations of the 9/11 attack.”We must never forget the enduring pain of the families and loved ones of the 2,977 innocent people who were killed during the worst terrorist attack on America in our history,” Biden said.Victims’ families had said they were going to object to Biden’s presence at memorial events unless he declassified documents that they believe will show Saudi Arabian leaders supported the attacks.