September 11, 2020, 07.08 PM

NEW YORK, KOMPAS.com - The US presidential election and coronavirus pandemic has altered the way Americans are commemorating 9/11 this year.

President Donald Trump and his opponent in the November election Joe Biden paid respects to the September 11 victims at the same memorial without crossing paths.

A dispute over coronavirus-linked safety precautions is leading to remembrances in two locations Friday.

One is at the September 11 Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner.

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The Pentagon’s observance of the 9/11 attacks will be highly restricted that victims’ families will not be allowed to attend though small groups can visit the memorial there later in the day.

Trump and Biden are both headed — at different times — to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Trump is speaking at the morning ceremony, the White House said.

Biden plans to pay respects there in the afternoon after attending the observance at the 9/11 memorial in New York.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is also due at ground zero — and then at the alternate ceremony a few blocks away.

Read also: Mike Pence Warns US Republicans: “You Won’t Be Safe” under Joe Biden

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