Hillary Clinton to visit ground zero on 9/11 anniversary

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  • Clinton will not speak at the memorial and is not going in a campaign capacity
  • Clinton will also stop airing ads on September 11 in honor of the attacks' 15th anniversary

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton will visit the National September 11 Memorial on Sunday, marking the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack, according to an aide.

The former senator from New York, who served during the 9/11 attacks, will go to ground zero -- the area where the World Trade Center towers once stood -- to pay her respects before the annual moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. ET, when the first plane hit the north tower.
    Clinton, who pledged last month to stop campaign operations and airing ads on September 11 to mark the 15th anniversary of the attacks, will not speak at the memorial and is not going in a campaign capacity, an aide said.
    9/11 Day, a nonprofit organization aiming to establish September 11 as a federally-recognized national day of service and remembrance, asked each of the principal presidential candidates -- Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein -- to "suspend all campaign activity" to honor the day.
    Clinton's campaign responded first, agreeing to "dispense with normal campaign activity on 9/11, including ceasing to run campaign advertisements." Trump's campaign followed suit, with Trump spokesman Jason Miller telling CNN that the campaign would suspend normal campaign activities.
    Johnson's campaign also announced that it would not campaign on September 11 either.