Biden, first lady will travel to all three sites of 9/11 attacks

President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenFirst Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden travels west as Washington troubles mount MORE will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by visiting all three sites where the attacks occurred, according to an announcement from the White House.

The president and first lady will travel to New York City, where hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, leading to the death of 2,763 people.

They will also travel to Shanksville, Pa., where 40 passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93 died after thwarting a planned attack on the U.S. Capitol.


The couple will also travel to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed after it was hijacked. That incident led to the death of 184 people — 125 of whom were in the Pentagon and 64 of whom were on the plane.

Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBush calls out domestic extremism in 9/11 speech Bush urges Americans on 9/11 to embrace unity, reject politics of 'fear' Harris in Shanksville honors heroism, courage of Flight 93 passengers MORE will travel to Shanksville for a separate event and then meet the first couple at the Pentagon.

Next Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the attack that led to nearly 3,000 deaths and sparked America’s 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.

The United States withdrew all of its troops on Aug. 31 following a month of chaos after the Taliban overran the Afghan government. The withdrawal came ahead of Biden’s original deadline of Sept. 11. 

The Taliban's takeover sparked widespread criticism of the president's decision to withdraw troops at a rapid pace.

Thousands of Afghans, American allies and U.S. citizens flooded the roads to the international airport in Kabul to escape the Taliban's regime. 


The U.S. has evacuated more than 100,000 people from the area, but Afghan partners who helped the American military during the conflict remain. 

Near the end of the evacuation effort, a suicide bomber believed to be associated with ISIS-K detonated an explosive that killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 100 Afghans. 

Biden signed an executive order on Friday directing the Justice Department and other agencies to release declassified information about the FBI’s investigation of the attack for the next six months. 

The issue of the documents had been ongoing for quite some time. Families of some of the victims urged Biden not to attend memorial events that day unless he released the documents.