To help observe the 83rd birthday of the 41st President of the United States tomorrow, June 12th, the coordinating committee of the George Bush Monument in downtown Houston today launched a new educational website designed – together with the monument – to highlight George Bush’s lifetime of service with honor.

The website, which is located at, offers information about the monument components, a biography of President Bush, an interactive timeline with key highlights from the president’s public and private life, a section acknowledging the project’s supporters, and a contact form on the lower left side of the home page where citizens can send a greeting to the former president.

“We presented the George Bush Monument as a gift to the city of Houston, because George Bush is arguably the city’s most famous resident who has contributed so much to our city, our nation, and indeed the world,” said Charles Foster, who together with David Jones co-chairs the monument’s coordinating committee. “Now, through this website, we are inviting a broader audience to learn more about the singular life of this truly great American — and to send President Bush a birthday greeting.”

The Bush Monument was built in Sesquicentennial Park on the northeast banks of Houston’s Buffalo Bayou (near the corner of Bagby and Franklin Streets), and features an eight-foot bronze sculpture of the former president by North Carolina artist Chas Fagan and a semicircular wall of four bas-reliefs by Houston artist Wei-li “Willy” Wang. Houston Mayor Bill White accepted the monument on behalf of the people of Houston at a December 2004 dedication ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Bush.

A bipartisan group of Houstonians who served at the cabinet level were honorary chairs of the project: James A. Baker III, secretary of state; Lloyd Bentsen, treasury secretary; former Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Charles Duncan, energy secretary; Robert A. Mosbacher Sr., commerce secretary; and Hushang Ansary, minister in the Iranian government.

The George Bush Monument project cost $1.7 million, and all funds were raised through private donations.