Some Marine Corps veterans have expressed their displeasure with President Joe Biden’s choice to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Alaska, rather than New York City. The White House announced that Biden will attend a commemorative event at a military base in Alaska, while the first lady, Jill Biden, honors the day at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris and the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, are set to visit New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Reflecting on the day of the attacks, Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist recalled the moment he saw the news unfold in 2001 and the subsequent years he spent overseas. He emphasized his expectation for national leaders to show deep respect for the tragic day. He voiced disappointment in what he perceived as a lack of such reverence from Biden.
Another Marine Corps veteran, Victor Marx, mentioned that Biden’s absence from New York might be perceived as a lost chance to show commitment to American values. He believed the president’s choice could lead some to question his appreciation of the day’s importance.
Reacting to the president’s plans, Marine veteran Chad Robichaux described the move as further proof of the current administration’s perceived disregard. He termed it as yet another affront to the American public.
It’s noteworthy that Biden had previously visited all crash locations in 2021 for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, including giving a speech at the Pentagon.
Rep. Cory Mills of Texas commented on Biden’s decision, suggesting that Biden might be the first president not to visit a key 9/11 site or the White House on the anniversary. Mills also critiqued Biden’s capability and recent decisions, linking it to the outcomes of the Afghanistan withdrawal.