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George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

The Walt Disney Company is hosting “Portraits of Courage: A Commander’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute.

George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

Walt Disney World is hosting “Portraits of Courage: A Commander’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute, for a 12-month exhibition inside The American Adventure pavilion at EPCOT.


The new exhibition debuted on June 9, 2024



The exhibit grows out of President Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute’s Veterans and Military Families program.


George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

This extraordinary art exhibit brings together more than 60 vibrant oil paintings by President Bush of service members and veterans who have served in military uniform with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office.


George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

“Celebrating those who give so much to our country has been part of the fabric of The Walt Disney Company throughout our 100-year history,” said Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Experiences. “We’re grateful to the Bush Institute for allowing us to feature this special collection and share it with our guests.”


George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

Each painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted and our guests visiting the exhibit will learn more about these military heroes’ journey.  


These include tales of valiant service on the battlefield, resilience in recovering from injury to the continued leadership and contributions they make in their post-military careers. Even better is that each story was personally written by President Bush himself. 


George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

“We are thrilled Portraits of Courage will be on display for EPCOT visitors to experience this year,” said Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “My hope is that those who have the opportunity to see this special exhibit will also remember the leadership, service, and sacrifice behind each of the heroes painted and the unique challenges our servicemembers and their families face when transitioning out of the military.”


Additionally, the exhibit will also include information and resources created to support post 9/11 veterans and their families.


One of those resources, called Check-In, is a tool for veterans and their families to easily connect to no cost, high-quality, mental and brain health care.


To learn more about Check-In, visit Veterancheckin.org.


George W. Bush Institute 'Portraits of Courage Exhibit' debuts at EPCOT

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