Laura Bush to Speak at Penn. 9/11 Memorial Fundraiser

Thursday, Sep 9, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Laura Bush to Speak at Penn. 9/11 Memorial Fundraiser

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In Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed after passengers and crew diverted the hijacked airplane from its intended target Washington, D.C., a temporary memorial marks the wreck site.

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Former first lady Laura Bush will speak in Pittsburgh to help raise money for a memorial to the victims of Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania in the Sept. 11 attacks.

She's scheduled to speak Friday. Bush also will join first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the attacks, for a memorial service at the crash site.

Next year, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, officials plan to gather at a permanent memorial plaza that is under construction. It's part of a planned 2,200-acre national park.

Flight 93 was en route from New Jersey to San Francisco when hijackers seized control. The 40 passengers and crew fought back and the hijackers responded by crashing the plane about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

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