Biden to visit memorial where John McCain got shot down in Hanoi

Biden will visit memorial site where John McCain’s plane got shot down in Hanoi, then mark anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks in Alaska

  • Biden will mark 22nd anniversary of attacks in Anchorage during refuel stop
  • He will speak to service members, first responders, and families 
  • He begins Sept. 11th in Asia meeting with Vietnamese leaders 

 President Joe Biden will spend September 11th meeting with Vietnamese officials, visiting a memorial to an old friend, and marking the anniversary of the attacks at an air base in Alaska.

The White House released details of his public schedule for the 22nd anniversary of the attacks following Biden’s Thursday departure to India, where Biden will attend the G20 summit with foreign leaders.

Details of his second stop, in Vietnam, are only just emerging. It is a part of the trip that Biden first revealed during a fundraiser last month.

Biden and McCain were friends in the Senate who spent years serving together, although Biden was on Barack Obama‘s ticket that defeated the late Arizonan.

President Joe Biden, who departed for India on Thursday, will visit a memorial to the late Sen. John McCain and meet Vietnamese leaders on Sept. 11th in Vietnam

Biden will speak to military members, first responders, and families on Sept. 11th in Alaska

McCain was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, then spent five and a half years in a Vietnamese P.O.W. camp. 

The White House has already faced questions about Biden’s Sept. 11th schedule back in the U.S. He will not attend any of the memorial services at the three attack sites – the first time a U.S. president has not done so. Biden himself has attended multiple Sept. 11th services in the past.

Instead, he will ‘deliver remarks to service members, first responders, and their families on the anniversary of 9/11’ in Anchorage, where he has a refueling stop, according to the White House.

McCain got shot down over Hanoi in 1967

Biden's trip takes him to a G20 summit, where officials were still negotiating over a potential communique and an infrastructure deal

McCain spent five and a half years in a Vietnamese P.O.W. camp

Biden will meet with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi after hosting him for a state dinner this summer

Biden will visit the memorial on Sept. 11th in Hanoi

Due to travel time and a full day of activities, that event is expected to be hours after the first plane struck the South Tower in Manhattan.

Earlier, Biden will meet with CEOs along with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính. He also meets with President Võ Văn Thưởng of Vietnam, and attends a luncheon. 

That comes after he meets the country’s top leader, General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng of the Communist Party of Vietnam on Saturday.


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