President Obama To Honor Former President Bush’s Legacy Of Service
September 11, 2009

President Obama to Hold Presidential Forum on Service Hosted by former President George H.W. Bush
October event at Bush Presidential Library will celebrate Daily Point of Light award winners, build upon United We Serve summer service initiative.

ON Friday, October 16th, President Barack Obama will hold a Presidential Forum on community service hosted by former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of  Light Institute at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of  Texas A&M University.

According to Jim Mgrath, spokesman for the former President, The event builds upon President Obama’s “United We Serve” call to service challenging all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth in this country by engaging in sustained, meaningful community service.

It will also celebrate the contributions of more than 4,500 Daily Point of Light award winners and honor President Bush’s legacy of service and civic engagement.

The Daily Point of Light Award – created by President Bush in 1989- honors individuals and volunteer groups around the county who are helping to meet critical needs in their communities and creating change every day and has a bi-partisan presidential legacy over the past two decades.

President Obama’s United We Serve call to service began on June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and remembrance on September 11th.  Service projects marking the eight year anniversary of 9/11 will take place today in all 50 states, and will include over a dozen cabinet secretaries and high ranking government officials. Projects rang from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance was developed by 9/11 families and established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve American Act, which President Obama signed in April. The  most sweeping overhaul and expansion of national service programs in 18 years, the Serve America Act will triple the size of AmeriCorps and strengthen service opportunities for Americans at all stages of their lives.

 

 

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Statement By Former President George H.W. Bush
August 2, 2009

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Sunday that the remains of the first American shot down in the 1991 Gulf War have been recovered.

U.S. Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher was shot down on January 17, 1991, the first night of the war.

At the time of  the  war George H.W. Bush was President.

2 on the Beat received the following statement from the former President’s media spokesman.

KENNEBUNKPORT — Following is a statement by former President Bush 41 on the discovery and verification of the remains of Navy pilot Michael “Scott” Speicher.I was deeply moved to know Scott’s remains have been identified because Joanne and Buddy, and Scott’s family and comrades, and all of us have been hoping to learn with certainty the exact nature of his sacrifice.  Of course, we already knew he was a hero, one who helped lead our way to a historic victory in the Gulf, but now his family and countrymen know — and history will finally record — that he was one of the very first patriots to give his life in the liberation of Kuwait.”