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President Trump to visit Shanksville memorial for 9/11

US President Donald Trump listens to a question as he meets with the Emir of Kuwait Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House on September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Edelman- Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump will mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by participating in a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania.

The White House said the president will be accompanied at Tuesday's ceremony in Shanksville by first lady Melania Trump.

On Sunday in Shanksville there will be a dedication of the Tower of Voices, a 93-foot tall musical instrument designed to be a visual and audible reminder of the heroism of Flight 93’s 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives.

First Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge will keynote Sunday’s Tower of Voices Dedication, which will also include the following participants:

  • Calvin Wilson, Brother-in-Law of First Officer Leroy Homer and former Federal Advisory Commissioner for Flight 93 National Memorial
  • Paul Murdoch, Architect Flight 93 National Memorial
  • Reverend Robert Way
  • United States Air Force Singing Sergeants
  • National Park Service Honor Guard

During Tuesday’s observance ceremony President Trump will deliver remarks.

The observance ceremony is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. At 10:03 a.m. -- the moment Flight 93 crashed -- the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and the Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory.

In addition to President Trump, participants in Tuesday’s ceremony will include:

  • Secretary Ryan Zinke, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Tom Wolf, 47th and current Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Mark Schweiker, 44th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Gordon Felt, President of the Families of Flight 93
  • Reverend Paul Britton, brother of Marion R. Britton
  • United States Navy Brass Quintet


Nearly 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field.

President Trump observed the solemn anniversary for the first time as president last year. He and the first lady led a moment of silence at the White House surrounded by aides and administration officials at the exact time that hijackers rammed the first of two airplanes into the Twin Towers.

President Trump also participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.