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George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony


The highly anticipated George W. Bush Presidential Center, commemorating the life and leadership of our 43rd President, was dedicated Thursday. President Bush and Mrs. Laura W. Bush were joined at the center’s campus at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas by all living presidents as well as dignitaries from around the world. Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter gave remarks honoring President Bush and Mrs. Bush during the ceremony.

During his speech, President Bush remarked how his “deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom.” He added, “The same principals defined the mission of the Presidential Center,” and that it was “the honor of a lifetime to lead a country as brave and as noble as the United States.”

Opening to the public on May 1, 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Center features a variety of interactive, digital and visual displays that will guide visitors through the pivotal issues and critical decisions faced by President Bush, along with his underlying principles. President Bush and Mrs. Bush were intimately involved in the selection of over 40,000 artifacts which showcased these defining moments in history—including the now-famous megaphone used by President Bush at Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a vast collection of letters from military service members and children and the largest electronic records collection of any presidential library.

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Photo credit: The Washington Post

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