The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum announced today that it will honor President and Mrs. George W. Bush and family with the 2011 Reflections of Hope Award. Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, daughters of President George W. Bush, will be in Oklahoma City on April 20, 2011, to receive the award on behalf of their family.
From their years in the White House to efforts today, the Bush family has been focused on improving the welfare of others by tackling international humanitarian challenges, according to the National Memorial. While President Bush dedicated his efforts to spreading freedom and democracy, Laura Bush used her background in education to simultaneously advocate for women's rights in the Middle East. Their daughters continue this legacy through their work to enact meaningful change on a global scale.
Barbara Pierce Bush is the co-founder and president of the Global Health Corps, an organization that connects outstanding young leaders with organizations working on the front lines in order to promote global health equity in some of the world's most underserved areas. Under her leadership, the Global Health Corps has won widespread praise for its innovative work, including being named one of the 14 most innovative worldwide social startups by the Echoing Green Foundation.
Jenna Bush Hager is a teacher, a correspondent for NBC's TODAY Show and is the chair of UNICEF's Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world. Her experience traveling with UNICEF and witnessing the plight of the underprivileged inspired her to write “Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope,” based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood.
“We are humbled to be selected for an award that holds such great personal meaning coming from an institution that is closely tied to overcoming terrorism,” said Bush and Hager in a statement. “In one of their first official visits outside of Washington after the inauguration, our parents came to Oklahoma City to dedicate the opening of the Museum and all of the hope it inspires. Little did we know that in a few months, we would face terror again on American soil. Since that time, the Memorial & Museum has evolved not only as a powerful healer of a community, but as a national role model. Its example motivates us even more to pursue professions that can make a difference in people's lives.”The Oklahoma City Bombing