The president will travel with the first lady, Jill Biden, to New York City. Also, on that day, US Vice President Kamala Harris will participate in a separate event in Shanksville.
US President Joe Biden will travel to New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia next Saturday, September 11, to attend events organized to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the White House announced.
Biden will travel with the first lady, Jill Biden, to New York City, Shanksville (Pennsylvania), and Arlington (Virginia), where "they will honor and remember the lives lost 20 years ago," said the note released this Saturday.
Also, on that day, US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will travel to a separate event in Shanksville and later join the presidential couple for the event at the Pentagon, located in Arlington.
The September 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, were the most significant terrorist attack in history.
This Friday, Biden ordered the declassification of previously secret documents about the investigation carried out by the FBI to clarify these attacks. The move was taken as a gesture of support for the victims' families, who have long searched for the records in the hope of implicating the Saudi government.
The president signed an executive order ordering the Justice Department and other government agencies to review the documents with the goal that US Attorney General Merrick Garland publishes them over the next six months, the White House said on Friday.
The order, which came just over a week before the attacks '20th anniversary, is a significant moment in a years-long dispute between the government and families over what classified information about the bombings' preparations can be made public. The controversy erupted last month when about 1,1,800 family members, survivors and first responders protested Biden's participation in the 9/11 memoirs if the documents remained unpublished.
" The significant events in question occurred two decades or more ago and referred to a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and the lives of so many Americans, " the executive order states. "Therefore, it is critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, resorting to classification only when strictly necessary ."
The measure directs the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies to initiate a review of the declassification. This requires the release of undocumented documents within the next six months.