President Barack Obama and the first lady will travel to New York City; Shanksville, Pa.; and the Pentagon on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in coordinated strikes at each site.
In lower Manhattan, two presidents, two New York City mayors and three governors will lead the commemoration at the Word Trade Center, ground zero of the attacks that day.
Obama and former President George W. Bush are among the officials who will take turns reading quotations and poems at the site, according to the New York Times. The entire list of victims from the New York, northern Virginia and Pennsylvania attacks will also be read.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani also plan to take part in the ceremony, along with current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Only victims' families will have access to the World Trade Center site on the day of the anniversary, although other members of the public can visit by reservation the next day. The general public will have access to certain features, including reflecting pools built in the footprints of the Twin Towers and inscribed with the names of victims from the 2001 attack and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Times reported.
The president and first lady will also attend events in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Vice President Joe Biden will be on hand on Sept. 10 at the site of the Flight 93 crash to dedicate a memorial to the plane's passengers, according to the AP.
Dedicating the Flight 93 memorial will start an entire weekend of remembrances at the site, which is now a national park, according to the park's website. Nearly 3,000 luminarias will be lit that Saturday evening to commemorate each of the 2,982 lives lost in the attacks, and a service with musical tributes, a wreath laying and more will mark the actual anniversary.
At the Pentagon, an invitation-only event to commemorate the terrorist attacks will be held for families of Sept. 11 victims. The memorial at the Pentagon will reopen to the public after that ceremony, according to the Pentagon Memorial website.