Gulf War to be on Display Like Never Before at Bush Library

When the 41st president's time in office is looked back upon, many look first to the Persian Gulf War.

As part of the $8.3 million renovations at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the war will have a renewed focus and look.

"I think, without question, this is probably the seminal moment of the Bush presidency," said Matt Lee, an archivist at the library.

Lee brings a unique perspective to his work.

"I was in the army for two years," Lee said, "two action-packed years."

As he crossed the desert in 1991, Lee and his fellow servicemen and women were part of history. The stories that are soon-to-be-told at the museum feature more colorful displays that take on a desert tone.

"When you turn around a corner, it's like a whole other exhibit rather that just one continuous exhibit, as it were," Lee said.

Also featured is a tent, complete with gear those serving their country used. The sounds of war will be present, as planes and bombs will sound off through speakers, as will the stories of those who were there. Recordings are being made to better describe the atmosphere.

Just like in the rest of the museum, the Gulf War exhibit will also feature interactive displays that puts history in new, innovative perspectives.

Also in the new section will be a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Much like the Vietnam Wall in Washington, the names of those who died are engraved for all to read.

"I hope that it won't be such an abstract idea to people, that people will get a sense of what war is and the sacrifice that goes into that," Lee said.


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