Amid COVID-19 nation commemorates 19 years since 9/11 terrorist attacks

Sept 11 Anniversary
Posted at 10:01 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 10:01:50-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Friday marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we're commemorating the event that changed our nation this year.

Because of a split over how to hold observances in a time of social distancing, there will be dueling ceremonies Friday at the 9/11 memorial plaza and a corner nearby in New York.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak from the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Trump will arrive at the memorial at 9:45 a.m., for his address, while Biden will speak from the site at around 2 p.m.

Biden was also at the observance at ground zero, while Vice President Mike Pence is due there and at the alternate observance nearby.