FREDERICKSBURG, Texas -- Former President George H.W. Bush used gold scissors to cut a red ribbon and dedicate an expanded gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War.
The ceremonies Monday in Fredericksburg drew about 4,000 people on a foggy day marking 68 years since the Pearl Harbor attack.
The 41st president, who lives in Houston, is a former World War II naval aviator who survived being shot down over the Pacific.
Bush says it was important to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and those haunted by the memories of their friends who didn’t come home from the war.
Bush also says the museum, about 70 miles west of Austin, should be used as a lesson of "what happens when mankind falls short of his aspirations."
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