Rivals in the White House showed a moment of unity when the United States celebrated the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Friday.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to the Ground-Zero Memorial in New York City, where the ceremony was attended by all.
Mr. Biden will later travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of the Flight 93 memorial, to say a few words.
President Donald Trump spoke at the ceremony.
Although the two 2020s will speak at the same location, their calendars will not overlap, so Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump’s paths will not cross.
How is President Trump commemorating this year’s anniversary?
Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Mr. Trump was in attendance during the morning service at the Shanksville Memorial where Flight 93 crashed after its 40 passengers and crew prevented hijackers from getting to the U.S. Capitol building.
In his remarks, President Trump said, “To the members of the Flight 93 family: Today, every heartbeat in America is connected to yours.” “Your pain and anguish is the pain that divides our entire nation.”
“The memory of your loved ones will inspire America forever. The heroes of Flight 93 are an eternal reminder that no matter what the threat, no matter how great the danger, no matter how great the opportunity, America will always stand, stand firm and fight.
Prior to his visit to Shanksville, Trump traveled briefly to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to greet members of the State Army National Guard.
The Tribune Democrat Newspaper reported that Trump spoke along with three other local army officers, thanked them for their service, the Tribune-Democrat newspaper reported.
Although Trump and Biden will refrain from conducting an open election campaign, the visits will be followed with great political attention because Pennsylvania is seen as a key state in the struggle for victory in the November election. Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in that state in 2016.
Where was Biden?
Biden and his wife Jill attended a memorial service and ceremony at the 9/11 Museum in New York City, where the 2001 attackers blew up the planes they had seized from the World Trade Center.
They will travel to Shanksville in the afternoon to visit the same memorial site as Trump.
Biden told reporters Friday that he would only talk about September 11 and that his campaign had removed political advertising from television.
“We’ve taken down all of our ads, it’s a solemn day and we will continue to do so,” he said.
Biden greeted Pence early in the day on the grounds of the World Trade Center in New York City, and the couple touched their elbows instead of shaking hands to observe protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.