(WASHINGTON) -- Organizers in charge of planning the Martin Luther King memorial dedication have postponed the event amid concerns about this weekend's severe weather forecasts. Thousands had already started arriving for this weekend's dedication of the memorial when the event was called off.
With public safety their first priority, organizers called off the ceremony just five hours after they said they were going ahead with Sunday's dedication, which was expected to attract up to 200,000 people.
President Obama had been set to speak at the event, but forecasts of heavy rains and dangerous winds from Hurricane Irene have halted those plans.
Event organizers hope to reschedule the memorial's dedication in the next month or two.
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