Bush Library to host special memorial programs on 9/11
DALLAS (9/10/2013) -- This Sept. 11, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be hosting a variety of special memorial programs. There will be videos shown throughout the day in the Library’s classroom documenting 9/11, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. visitors will be able to view documents and artifacts pertaining to 9/11 that have never been on display.
“We are the resource for the study of the Bush Administration, and on this anniversary, we certainly want to recognize the importance of the September 11th attacks in our nation’s history, and honor the victims of those senseless acts of terror,” said Alan Lowe, the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
On display will be several artifacts to include:
- A block of granite from the World Trade Center;
- A book of memories from the children of Booker Elementary School;
- Challenge coins from New York Fire Department and the Pentagon;
- A book of condolences from throughout the world;
- A Plaque from Afghanistan;
- A lapel pin President Bush wore when touring the Pentagon after 9/11 and
- An American Flag that flew over the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on 9/11.
“These artifacts are not currently on display in the permanent exhibit, but are still an important part of the story from that day,” Lowe said. “This is an opportunity to share with our visitors some of the stories from the Bush Presidency they may not have known about before they visited.”
The archives that will be on display include:
- Programs from the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at The National Cathedral, Sept. 14, 2001;
- A National Cathedral main-floor seating plan and tickets from the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, Sept. 14, 2001;
- Programs from the President’s address to the joint session of 107th Congress on Sept. 20, 2001 and
- Family condolence message sent by President and Mrs. Bush to the families of the victims.
“These are some of the materials that we have in our immense archives at the Bush Library,” said Lowe. “It is our job to ensure that future generations - especially those with no first-hand knowledge of the events of 9/11 - have a place to study, learn and pass that information along.”
In addition to the programs in the Library and Museum space, there will also be a minute-by-minute retelling of President Bush’s schedule from 9/11 on the Library and Museum’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. You can find the Library and Museum at GWBLibrary and visitors are asked to use #neverforget.
Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University – which is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas enrolling nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the world in seven degree-granting schools – the facility is the 13th Presidential Library administered by National Archives and Records Administration.
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