President Obama to attend memorial event in Tucson on Wednesday

President Obama to attend memorial event in Tucson on Wednesday

Credit: AP

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are joined by government employees on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, to observe a moment of silence for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the other victims of an assassination attempt against her. The shooting at a town hall-style event outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday left six dead, including a federal judge, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 12 at 7:06 AM

TUCSON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Tucson on Wednesday for a special memorial event on the campus of the University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona extended an invitation to the President to attend a memorial event being held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to the university, the event will support and remember victims of the mass shooting and they hope the event will lift the spirits of those affected by the tragedy.

The event, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America," is being held at McKale Center and is free and open to the public.

Speakers will also include University President Robert N. Shelton, state and federal officials and members of the Associated Students of the UA.

The event is scheduled to include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence, a poetry reading and the presentation of a chain featuring messages from the public.

The start of the second half of the school year is being delayed until Thursday.

The university invites people to visit the UA Mall on Wednesday afternoon to write messages on the chain that will be presented during the event.

Doors to the McKale Memorial Center will open at 4 p.m. People are encouraged to arrive early as there will be increased security as part of the President's visit.

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