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Portraits in Courage

Images courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Later in this Bugler, you will get to read a small snapshot about Presidential libraries, but during a recent Glendale trip to attend the Drill Nationals Competition for the Marine Corps JROTC program, I took the opportunity to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The library was fascinating, not only for the exhibits, which included gifts that dignitaries from other countries had given to the President and/or the First Lady, but also for the exhibits that outlined the Bush presidency.

However, one part of the exhibit really made an impact and that is the former president's paintings. When George W. Bush left the Presidency, he decided to take painting lessons. His work is very good. The exhibit, "Portraits in Courage," depicts United States service members who have served since 9/11. The exhibit contains portraits of more than sixty veterans that Bush has painted. Pictures of these portraits have been published in a book, Portraits in Courage, by George W. Bush and proceeds go to support the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, which has as one of its goals to help "veterans and families make a successful transition to civilian life and address issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury." See BushCenter.org to learn more about the exhibit. The exhibit will continue to run at the Bush Presidential Library on the campus of SMU through October 1, 2017.

The idea of a presidential library began when President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to donate his personal and Presidential papers to the Federal Government. Roosevelt donated part of this estate in Hyde Park, New York to house the library. According to the National Archives website, Roosevelt felt strongly that his papers belonged to the American people and they should be preserved. Prior to Roosevelt's donation, most Presidents' papers had been either donated to various libraries or left to their heirs who, in many cases, did not recognize the historical significance of maintaining these papers. From the time of George Washington, the papers generated during the Presidency were considered his personal papers.

According to Archives.gov, "The Presidential Records Act of 1978 established that the Presidential records that document the constitutional, statutory, and ceremonial duties of the President are the property of the U.S. Government." Private funds and public funds are used to build the libraries and then the libraries are turned over to the National Archives. The National Archives website has a complete story of the libraries and has a link to each of the libraries for you to explore. See Archives.org to learn more.

National Police Week 2017

Glendale ParadeStore is a proud sponsor of the Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition on Sunday, May 14th as part of National Police Week. See more information and the full schedule of events at PoliceWeek.org.

National Peace Officers' Memorial Day

On May 15, display the United States flag in mourning at half-staff in remembrance of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. National Peace Officers' Memorial Day honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty and is observed in conjunction with National Police Week.

Armed Forces Day - May 20

Pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces on Saturday, May 20. Many events will be taking place nationwide to honor all Americans who served our country in times of war and peace in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve units. There will be educational activities to teach children about our military, motorcycle rides with a "Support the Troops" theme, local celebrations and parades and memorials for those who have died serving.

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