President Biden will observe the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 Twin Tower attack with service members and their families at an Alaska military base.
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Biden will not participate in any of the observances at 9/11 memorial sites in New York City, Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Instead, the president will stop in Alaska for a Sept. 11 observance at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on his way back to Washington after a trip to Asia.
The White House explained that the president will travel to Alaska to mark the somber occasion after his Sept. 10 trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, where he will meet with Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other leaders to discuss technological innovation and climate change to bolster the two nations’ relationship.
The trip to Asia coincides with the set dates of the G20 summit, scheduled to be held in India from 9 to 10 September.
Simultaneously, while Biden participates in 9/11 ceremonies in Alaska, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will mark the occasion in a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, according to Jean-Pierre.
And First Lady Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
It will not be the first time that a president has not attended annual observances at any of the three sites.
In 2015, President Obama participated in silence on the White House lawn before going to Fort Meade in Maryland to recognize the military’s work protecting the country.
In 2005, President George W. Bush marked the anniversary on the White House lawn.
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