President Joe Biden will be at the World Trade Center in New York on September 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Biden’s decision to attend the annual memorial ceremony comes despite a call from almost 1,800 Americans directly affected by the events of 9/11 that the president not take part until he completes his promise to declassify evidence that might show a link between Saudi Arabian leaders and the attack on the twin towers.
“We understand President Biden’s desire to mark the solemn occasion of the 20th anniversary at Ground Zero. However, we cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment,” the individuals said in a statement first obtained by NBC News.
The signers of the letter said Biden told them during the 2020 presidential campaign that if he became president, he would “err on the side of disclosure in cases where, as here, the events in question occurred two decades or longer ago.”
“If President Biden reneges on his commitment and sides with the Saudi government, we would be compelled to publicly stand in objection to any participation by his administration in any memorial ceremony of 9/11, given its continuation of polices that thwart Americans’ rights to hold accountable those who, known evidence reveals, materially supported the 9/11 hijackers,” the individuals said.
Some relatives of 9/11 victims have filed a lawsuit alleging that Saudi Arabia was complicit in the attacks.
President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush both spoke at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary in 2011.
New Jersey governors typically attend the memorial events on the morning of September 11, although Gov. Phil Murphy has not yet announced his schedule for that day.