COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The George Bush 41 Center at Texas A&M University on Wednesday, December 7th will host a series of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack starting with outdoor patriotic observances, progressing to an indoor panel moderated by Brit Hume of Fox News examining the significance of that pivotal crisis, and culminating with a tour of the newest exhibit at the Bush Presidential Library called "Pearl Harbor Remembered."
World War II veterans former President George H. W. Bush and Senator Bob Dole are schedule to attend together with other special guests. There is no cost for general public to attend, but interested persons must first RSVP at [email protected] or by calling 979-862-2251.
"This important anniversary is a unique opportunity for us to welcome Senator Dole, other veterans, students and really anyone who cares to join together at the Bush Center for a chain of special events that, we hope, will mark this solemn occasion in a powerful way," said President Bush. "We owe it to those who made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day — and those who served in the war effort that followed — to remember these events and why they matter so prominently in the grand sweep of American history."
The opening outdoor segment Dec 7th will feature patriotic songs, prayers and a flyover of vintage World War II aircraft at 11:48am CST to mark the exact time the Pearl Harbor attack commenced. Guests will then move indoor to the Bush Center's Annenberg Conference Center for the Brit Hume-moderated panel featuring historians/authors James Bradley and Jon Meacham as well as military experts.
At the conclusion of the panel, guests will be invited to tour the Bush Presidential Library's new exhibit dedicated to many facets of the Pearl Harbor attack, including digital images and documents on loan from each of the presidential libraries dating back to FDR. One of the centerpieces of the exhibit will be the specially restored video and audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's hallowed "Day of Infamy" speech delivered to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, which is on loan from the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.
The "Pearl Harbor Remembered" exhibit will be open through December 31, 2016.
"Warren Finch and our Bush Center partners at the Bush Library have gone above and beyond to be sure we have compiled a truly special collection of artifacts and media to help bring the Pearl Harbor experience back to life in both an educational and poignant way," said David B. Jones, CEO of the Bush Presidential Library Foundation. "We respect that there will be a very special gathering in Hawaii on the same day, but it is our intention to make this joint Bush Center's Pearl Harbor commemoration the finest and most comprehensive in the lower 48 states."
Again, interested groups and individuals who have questions or wish to attend these Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary events must first register at at [email protected] or by calling 979-862-2251.
ABOUT THE BUSH CENTER
Comprised of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the George Bush Presidential Library, the Bush Center sits on 90 acres on the campus of Texas A&M University. In 2017, the Bush Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
SOURCE George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation