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BREAKING:Trump and Biden pay respect to 9/11 victims in memorial visits.(live today video)

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are each traveling Friday to Shanksville, Pennsylvania – though at different times of the day – to honor the nearly 3,000 casualties in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

The president and first lady Melania Trump will attend a morning service at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville. They held a moment of silence inside a conference room cabin of Air Force One at 8:46 a.m. to commemorate the first plane that hit the World Trade Center. 

“God bless America,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said when the moment of silence concluded. The president repeated, “God bless America.”

The Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania memorializes the 40 passengers and crew members who battled hijackers aboard the United Airlines jet, which crashed without reaching its target of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Three other hijacked flights from United and American Airlines hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia.

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Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, traveled to New York City to attend the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s 19th anniversary commemoration ceremony. The Bidens will then travel to Shanksville in the afternoon to pay their respects to the victims of nation’s deadliest terrorist attack.

“I’m not gonna make any news today,” Biden told reporters. “I’m not gonna talk about anything other than 9/11. We took all our advertising down, it’s a solemn day, and that’s how we’re going to keep it.“

During the visit to the old World Trade Center site in New York, Biden spoke and touched elbows with Vice President Mike Pence, who was there with second lady Karen Pence.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden greets Vice President Mike Pence at the 19th anniversary ceremony in observance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

As the names of those killed in the World Trade Center attacks were read aloud, Biden comforted an elderly woman in a wheelchair who was holding a picture of her son. She told Biden he was 43 years old when he died. Biden took the photo, looked it over and reflected on losing his own son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

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“It never goes away,” Biden said. She repeated his words.

As the Trumps made their way to Pennsylvania, the president tweeted: “In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11th. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment.”

The National Park Service, which co-hosts the annual memorial event in Pennsylvania, plans a private service this year to minimize the spread of coronavirus. The grounds will be closed until the event is over, but the event will be live streamed.

A 20-minute “Moment of Remembrance” set to begin at 9:45 a.m., which Trump will attend with other dignitaries. The name of each passengers and crew member from Flight 93 will be read aloud with the ringing of the “Bells of Remembrance,” according to the agency’s website. Trump is expected to speak.

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The 2,200-acre memorial is in a field in western Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the presidential campaign.

Trump previously visited the memorial for the anniversary in 2018 and he visited the Pentagon for the anniversaries in 2017 and 2019.

Biden spoke at the Shanksville memorial in 2011 and 2012, when he was vice president.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Sept. 11, 2018, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The plans avoid Trump and Biden appearing together in Shanksville. In 2016, Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton each spent Sept. 11 in New York and each visited the ground zero memorial in lower Manhattan.

Pence and Karen Pence participated in the traditional ceremony sponsored by the Tunnels to Towers Foundation in lower Manhattan reading the names of 2,977 people killed in the attacks.

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, will travel to Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband Doug Emhoff. Harris will deliver remarks at a remembrance ceremony.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush embrace following their speeches at the Flight 93 Memorial, September 10, 2011 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The Flight 93 National Memorial was formally dedicated with Bush, Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, House Speaker John Boehner and members of Congress in attendance.  An estimated crowd of 5,000 watched as the memorial wall was unveiled with the names of the 40 passengers on the plane that crashed on September 11, 2001.

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