NEW YORK — Americans commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks Friday as another national crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, reconfigured ceremonies and a presidential campaign carved a path through the memorials.
In New York, victims’ relatives gathered Friday morning for split-screen remembrances at the World Trade Center’s Sept. 11 memorial plaza and on a nearby corner, set up by separate organizations that differed on balancing tradition with virus safety.
Standing on the plaza, with its serene waterfall pools and groves of trees, Jin Hee Cho said she couldn’t erase the memory of the death of her younger sister, Kyung, in the attack that destroyed the trade center’s twin towers.
“It’s just hard to delete that in my mind. I understand there’s all this, and I understand now that we have even covid,” said Cho, 55. “But I only feel the loss, the devastating loss of my flesh-and-blood sister.”
Around the country, some communities canceled 9/11 ceremonies, while others went…