Bullhorn to Be Displayed at National September 11 Memorial & Museum
DALLAS (4/10/14) – Today, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is proud to announce they have hand-delivered the bullhorn used by President Bush at Ground Zero to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Following the attacks of September 11th, President Bush traveled to New York to meet with the brave rescue personnel. From atop the rubble, using the bullhorn, the President said, “I can hear you; the rest of the world hears you; and the people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
The bullhorn - which is one of about 43,000 artifacts at the Library and Museum - has been on display in the “Responding to September 11th” permanent exhibit since it opened May 1, 2013. As of today, over 400,000 visitors have been able to experience the bullhorn and the September 11th exhibit.
“The bullhorn President Bush used at Ground Zero is such an important part of history and a key artifact within our 9/11 exhibit,” said Amy Polley, curator at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “While we know it will be missed here, we know that it will be serving an important purpose at the September 11 Memorial Museum.”
It will be placed in the “After 9/11” section of the historical exhibit. The other two sections, “The Day-9/11” and “Before 9/11”, discuss the series of events that led up to the attacks as well as an explanation of the terrorist network al-Qaeda. This timeline is extremely comprehensive and delves into deeper questions that Americans were left with after a major hit on the ideal of democracy.
“The bullhorn reminds us of the strength and resolve President Bush showed at Ground Zero, and it resonates for all who experienced 9/11 and the days after,” said Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Library and Museum. “We are so glad to be able to share a part of American history with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum; and we look forward to a continuing partnership with that very important institution.
The bullhorn is scheduled to be returned to the Bush Library and Museum mid-July 2014, at which point it will be returned to the permanent exhibit. During its absence, an empty space will remain where it was located to honor the significance of the artifact.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum is scheduled to open May 21, 2014 and is located at the World Trade Center site. The Museum will serve as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.