The Reflections of Hope Award honors a living person or active organization whose conduct exemplifies in an extraordinary fashion two core beliefs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation: that hope can survive and blossom despite the tragedy and chaos of political violence and that, even in environments marred by such violence, peaceful approaches provide the best answers to human problems.
“Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager and the myriad projects they have undertaken in their young careers, including the Global Health Corps and UNICEF's Next Generation, exemplify the core mission of this award and the Memorial & Museum,” said John Richels, Trustee Chairman, Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. “As we prepare a new generation of leaders, we think it is appropriate that the Bush daughters be here to represent the leadership shown by their parents and in their own work in some of our country's darkest days and help us continue to educate about the senselessness of terrorism and violence.”
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will honor the Bush Family, represented by Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, at a reception and dinner on April 20, 2011, a day after the nation marks the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The reception and dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.