Favorite Museums of DFW Part 1 of 5 – Memorial Day
Today begins my new series on The Coffee Fella entitled, “My Favorite Museums of DFW.” A culturally diverse community, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has many great museums that highlight the artistic and cultural backgrounds which enrich the area. Although they all have something great to offer, I have narrowed my choices to 5 of the most interesting facilities.
Because today is Memorial Day, my first choice is the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum because of its special exhibition, Portraits of Courage. Even though I have visited several times before, each time I go there, I learn something new. Just being inside this majestic building is impressive. Surrounded by native Texas landscaping, the architecture is something that truly captivates all who visit.
The entire Presidential exhibit, itself, takes you chronologically through the eight years of the presidency. My two favorite parts of this section are “Decision Points Theater,” and of course, “A Nation Under Attack,” the 9/11 exhibition. While “Decision Points” puts you in the President’s shoes for some of the major political decisions that had to be made during his presidency, “A Nation Under Attack,” which contains beams from one of the World Trade Center towers, will cause you to pause. Everyone who visits is filled with a sense of awe in this very moving area. And, though this particular part of the museum shows one of the most painful times in our nation’s history, it also pays respect to the incredible courage and strength of ordinary American’s who rushed to help on that horrific day.
One of the most moving aspects of this visit to the museum, however, was the current temporary exhibition, Portraits of Courage, which contains over 60 paintings by President Bush featuring wounded warriors he has met since the onset of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. When you go, make sure to download the audio tour which features President Bush’s narration about the military background and personal history of each of the vets. Hearing the incredible stories of these veterans and seeing the art is really something to take in. The profound ways in which the President has captured the true nature of our wounded warriors really causes everyone who visits to understand how lucky we are to live in a country where such extraordinary individuals not only choose to defend us, but also devote their lives to public service, leading the country by example, even when no one is watching.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to all those who serve!
Here is the Portraits of Courage Book Link
Also, I am including the link to the museum here