Democrat President Joe Biden will break tradition by not observing the 9/11 anniversary at the White House or any of the three attack sites.
Instead, Biden will snub the traditional anniversary ceremonies and head to Alaska instead.
On Monday, September 11, the 22nd anniversary of the attacks, Biden will travel to a military base in Alaska.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden will mark the anniversary of the attacks in a memorial ceremony with members of the military and their families in Alaska.
The statement reveals that Biden won’t be returning to the White House on Sept. 11 because he’ll be landing in Alaska after returning from a “climate change” meeting in Vietnam on September 10.
The White House explained that the president will return to Alaska after his Sept. 10 trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.
During his trip, Biden will meet with Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other leaders to discuss technological innovation and “climate change” in an effort to bolster the two nations’ relationship.
In place of Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris will mark the occasion in a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, according to Jean-Pierre.
First Lady Jill Biden will also lay a wreath at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
Biden’s snub of the Sept. 11 anniversary represents the first time since the attacks that a president has opted against observing the occasion at either the White House or any of the three attack sites.
There have only been two occasions where a POTUS has marked the anniversary at the White House rather than an attack site.
Former President Barack Obama participated in a moment of silence on the White House lawn before traveling to Maryland’s Fort Meade in 2015, The Associated Press reported.
In 2005, former President George W. Bush similarly participated in a ceremony on the White House lawn.
On every other 9/11 anniversary, presidents have traveled to at least one of the three attack sites in New York City, northern Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
September 11 also represents the date in 2021 that Biden set for withdrawing all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Biden announced he would order the Department of Defense to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops by Sept. 11, 2021.
However, Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal ultimately ended in disaster in August 2021 after a terrorist attack killed 13 American service members protecting the airport in Kabul.
The slain troops were defending the airport where the U.S. and allies conducted a chaotic evacuation effort.