Former first lady Laura Bush will speak next month in Somerset County marking the 9th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 during the terror attacks. The National Park Foundation made the announcement in advance of today's joint meeting of the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force and the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission. After today's meeting in Somerset, the Memorial Task Force will disband because other groups including the National Park Service is picking up the duties the task force has carried out for nearly 9 years.
Mrs. Bush says she's honored to speak at the site and we "must never forget the brave sacrifice of these extraordinary men and women."
Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco when terrorists hijacked the plane. Passengers then fought with the terrorists and the plane went down in a field near Shanksville. The target of the terrorists is believed to have been the White House or the U.S. Capitol Building.
The first phase of a permanent Flight 93 Memorial is to be dedicated at the 10th anniversary of 9-11 next year.