Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to appear together at 9/11 memorial
First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, will appear together next month in Pennsylvania at a ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Obama and Bush will participate in ceremonies honoring the victims of the attacks, including the 40 passengers and crew killed in the crash of United Flight 93, the National Park Foundation said in a statement on Monday.
“Their show of support honors the lives and memories of these 40 heroes and everyone we lost on September 11th, and serves as a valuable reminder of how important this memorial is to preserve and share their story,” National Park Foundation President Neil Mulholland said.
United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, crashed into a field near Shanksville, in western Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew on the flight are believed to have struggled with the hijackers who had seized the plane.
Three other hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon outside Washington, killing nearly 3,000 people.
The anniversary ceremony will take place at a temporary memorial. A permanent Flight 93 national memorial is under construction and is expected to be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011.
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Saul Loeb (Obama, Bush (R) at the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 2009); REUTERS/White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian/Handout (Bush (L) hosts Obama at White House, Nov. 10, 2008)