Political Leaders Pause For 911 Reflections And Tributes

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Americans have commemorated 9/11 with tributes altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign, drawing Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pay respects at the same memorial without meeting.

In New York, a dispute over coronavirus-safety precautions led to split- screen remembrances, one at the September 11 memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner.

The Pentagon’s observance was so restricted that not even victims’ families could attend, though small groups could visit the memorial there later in the day.

Trump and Biden both attended at different times the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

President Trump spoke at the morning ceremony while Democratic challenger Biden was there in the afternoon after attending the observance at the 9/11 memorial in New York.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence attended Ground Zero – and then at the alternate ceremony a few blocks away.

Around the country, some communities cancelled 9/11 commemorations because of the pandemic, while others are going ahead, sometimes with modifications.



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