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George W. Bush to Join Obama, Biden at Dallas Memorial Service

President George W. Bush delivers an address regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States to a joint session of Congress Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at the U.S. Capitol. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Former President George W. Bush will join President Obama and Vice President Biden at a Tuesday memorial service for five murdered police officers in Dallas.

The President will visit the Texas city at the request of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening the White House announced that Bush would join his successor at the memorial service in Texas.

Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, as will former first lady Laura Bush.

Also on the Dallas agenda is a meeting between President Obama and the families of the slain officers.  Obama cut short his trip to Europe to fly back for the meeting and the memorial service. On Sunday, Obama remarked that those who attack police officers are doing a “disservice to the cause” of criminal justice reform.

“Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” said the president.

During a press conference in Poland, Obama admonished, “I believe I speak for every single American when I say we are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas,” Obama said. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”