Pentagon, Trump, Biden to mark 9/11 anniversary

Pentagon, Trump, Biden to mark 9/11 anniversary
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The 19th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, will be marked with a virtual ceremony at the Pentagon, dueling ceremonies in New York City and a truncated ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., as the coronavirus pandemic affects how Americans honor those killed in the terrorist attacks.

At the Pentagon, the day will start with the traditional unfurling of the American flag on the side of the building at sunrise.

Later in the morning, Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Stopgap spending measure awaits Senate vote | Trump nominates former Nunes aide for intelligence community watchdog | Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to contractors, military Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers Official: Pentagon has started 'prudent planning' for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May MORE and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley will conduct a ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial that will be livestreamed.

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Families of those killed when Flight 77 struck the Pentagon will not be at the observance ceremony, but they will be able to visit the memorial in small groups throughout the day, the Pentagon said in an advisory.

In New York City, the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum will host a commemoration ceremony at 8:40 a.m. that will forgo its traditional live reading of the names of those killed. Instead, a pre-recorded video of the names will be played.

Just a few blocks away at about the same time, the Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit named after a firefighter killed on 9/11, is hosting its own ceremony with a live name reading.

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg How fast population growth made Arizona a swing state The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Pence elbow bump at NYC Sept. 11 ceremony MORE will attend both New York events, according to the White House.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE and Democratic president nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE are both expected to mark 9/11 in Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed in a field as passengers tried to retake control of the plane from the hijackers.

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The ceremony in Shanksville will be shortened from its normal 90 minutes to about 20 minutes. The event will also be closed to the public, but will be livestreamed.

The Biden campaign said Thursday it will also pull its ads from the airwaves Friday in honor of the solemn anniversary. The Trump campaign has not said if it will do the same.

While not directly a 9/11 memorial, Trump is also expected to award a Medal of Honor to a post-9/11 soldier at the White House on Friday.

Army Ranger Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne, who enlisted in July 2002, will be awarded the military’s highest decoration for heroic actions during a 2015 mission in Iraq to rescue ISIS hostages.