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article imageMichelle Obama, Laura Bush to attend United Flight 93 Service

By Jane Fazackarley     Aug 23, 2010 in World
It was announced today that Michelle Obama is to join Laura Bush for a memorial service to mark September 11. The service will be held at the planned site for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
The ceremony will remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives on United Flight 93 and the other victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Michelle Obama is to be a keynote speaker.
Also attending will be Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Secretary of Interior Ken Salaza.
United Flight 93 was meant to travel from Newark to San Francisco. Forty minutes into the flight hijackers took control of the plane after overpowering the pilots.
United Flight 93 hit the ground in a field in Stonycreek Township near Shaksville with 40 people on board. Some of the passengers and air crew did put up a fight to prevent the terrorists from carrying out their planned attack. It is still uncertain but it is thought that the terrorists had planned to attack the White house or the capital.
In September 2002 an act was passed in congress which allowed the formation of a national park unit to create a memorial for the 40 passengers and crew.
Building of the memorial is underway and efforts continue to be made to raise funds. The memorial should receive its dedication on September 11th next year.
Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation said: "We are deeply honored to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush and all of our guests to this important event."
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."
Gordon Felt, President of Families of Flight 93 said: "We are deeply honored that First Lady Michelle Obama will join with Former First Lady Laura Bush and all of us on September 11th to honor the heroes of Flight 93. Their recognition places our personal loss in its truest and most meaningful context."
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