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Obama to visit Fort Meade on Friday

Obama to visit Fort Meade on Friday
President Barack Obama, walks along the Colonnade from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, for a trip to Warren, Mich. Obama is teaming up with Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president and a community college teacher, to visit Macomb County Community College in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday. They planned to announce an independent College Promise Advisory Board, led by Biden, that will highlight existing programs providing free community college. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: WHMC106 (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

President Barack Obama plans to travel to Fort Meade on Friday to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, the White House said Wednesday.

On Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers crashed commercial airliners into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. A fourth hijacked plane, believed to have been headed for the White House or the Capitol in Washington, crashed in rural Western Pennsylvania.

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The president plans to mark the day by observing a moment of silence with the first lady on the South Lawn and by meeting with service members at the installation in Anne Arundel County, the White House said.

"The president looks forward to having a conversation with the patriotic men and women who work every day to make America safe," deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said.

Obama has made similar visits on past anniversaries, including to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Fort Meade, with 51,000 uniformed personnel, civilian employees and contractors, is the largest workplace in Maryland and the third-largest Army installation in the United States. About 10,000 people, including employees and family members, live on the base.

The installation is home to the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Information School and elements of all the armed services.

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