After originally saying the public could attend a shortened ceremony honoring the victims of Flight 93 on Friday, the Flight 93 National Memorial website now says the ceremony will be held privately “at the request of the Families of Flight 93,” and will only be streamed online.
This comes after both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday they would visit Shanksville to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“At the request of the Families of Flight 93, and in order to adhere to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s public health guidelines, this year’s observance will be held privately,” the park’s website said Sunday. “Park grounds will remain closed until the end of the event.”
The website states that “more details will be provided in the future about the event,” but that visitors will be allowed back on the grounds following the morning observance.
It was previously announced in July that the annual ceremony would be shortened, but that the public could still attend in-person or watch online.
“While this year will certainly be different than in previous years, we remain committed to honoring the sacrifice of the forty heroes,” said Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen M. Clark in the July statement announcing the modified plans.