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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to honor victims of United Flight 93

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    The sun sets behind a cross at the temporary Flight 93 memorial, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Shanksville, Pa. United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001, after passengers and crew diverted the hijacked airplane from its intended target Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Former U.S. presidents often appear together for the sake of charity -- most recently, Presidents Bush and Clinton in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. But this time, we're talking about their wives.

    During the transition of the presidency, outgoing First Lady Laura Bush and incoming First Lady Michelle Obama were photographed together. Next month they will reunite near the hallowed ground of Shanksville, Pa.

    The National Park Foundation announced today that the two first ladies will both give speeches at the Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony at the future site of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

    The ceremony will pay tribute to the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

    "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,” said Neil Mulholland, National Park Foundation president.

    The women will share the dais on the Western Overlook at the memorial's future site. The overlook served as a command post after the crash of United Flight 93 and was the place where surviving family members observed the crash site.

    The Flight 93 National Memorial is under construction and one year away from completion. Its unveiling is slated for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Details for ceremonies at the Pentagon have not been made public at this time.