Los Gatos, California, President George Walker Bush

The 9-11 Heroes From Los Gatos, California

Two former Los Gatos High School graduates were on Flight 93 when Al Queda terrorists seized the plane. Four men led a revolt that led to the terrorists crashing Flight 93, before it could hit its target in Washington, DC. President George W. Bush honored the men ….

The Los Gatos High School t-shirt, signee by President George Walker Bush, on display at the New Musuem of Los Gatos.

Arlington County, Virginia, Fairfax County, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, James Madison High School, President George Walker Bush, The Pentagon

Reinforcement Of “The Pentagon” – After The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

In the 1940s, when the construction of the Pentagon was complete, it became the largest low rise building in the world. When Al-Quedea crashed a plane into the Pentagon, it created substantial damage from the blast and the fires, but only part of the building was destroyed, unlike the World Trade Center buildings which were completely destroyed.

U.S. Air Force photo taken by Tech. Sergeant Cedric H. Rudisill.

National Achieves Photograph of President George Walker Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their executive staff in the “Situation Room”.
U.S. Navy photo taken by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Pendergrass.

Due to the the attacks on the World Trade Center In 1993, Murray Building in 1995, and the Pentagon and the World Trade Center In 2001, architects have established ways to reinforce buildings with ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete. The Pentagon was redone with reinforcements, in the event an enemy of the United States plans to execute a plane, missile or other type of attack against the building in the future.

Author’s Note:

Author Philip Andrew Hamilton, was in English class at James Madison High School, when he first witnessed the footage of the World Trade Towers struck by two airplanes. The administration of James Madison High School, and several other schools within Fairfax County, Virginia, decided to end the school day early due to their proximity to the Pentagon in bordering Arlington County.

Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, President George Walker Bush, President Theodore Roosevelt Junior

The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

I’ve visited the Petrified Forest of Calistoga, California, that is north of Napa, California, to see fallen trees that have turned to “rock” due to a chemical reaction involving wood and volcanic ash. However, the Petrified Forest in Arizona is far more massive in size and more ancient geologically. Parts of the 7,500 square foot “Painted Desert” is hundreds of millions of years, up to an astounding, billion years of age.

The surface of the painted forest existed when the supercontinent Pangea existed, during the age of the dinosaurs. Therefore, several teams of archeologists have come in search of dinosaur remains.

In prehistoric times, the Painted Desert served as a trade route for various Native American peoples.

On December 8, 1906, Theodore Roosevelt signed an act making Arizona’s Petrified Forest the United States of America’s second national monument. In total, during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, he signed into law the creation of 5 National Parks and 18 National Monuments.

In the 1920s Route 66 was built inside the boundaries of the Painted Desert. Soon after the creation of the highway the Painted Desert Inn and The Lion Farm were created as roadside attractions.

An abandoned vehicle marks a portion of the Route 66 that lay within the Painted Desert.

On December 9, 1962, the ancient area was established as the Petrified Forest National Park. In 2004, President George Walker Bush signed a bill expanding the national park by 125,000 acres.

Author’s Note:

More Information on the creation of National Parks in the United States can be found in this National Geographic article.

Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush, Jenna Welch Bush Hager, President George Herbert Walker Bush, President George Walker Bush

First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92

Barbara Bush with President George Bush March 2017
President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush at an annual award ceremony hosted by the Congregation Beth Israel in Houston. The former president and first lady were present to receive the Mensch Award from “The Mensch International Foundation” on March 8, 2017. (Steve Gonzales | Houston Chronicle Photo)

On April 17, 2018 First Lady Barbara Bush passed away in her home in West Houston in the presence of her husband President George Hebert Walker Bush.

Barbara Bush requested that she receive comfort care in her Houston home after complications from her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and her congenital heart disease became worse in the beginning of April.

Barbara Bush’s funeral was held at the Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church and she was buried on April 21, 2018.

Barbara Bush Funeral April 21, 2018
Former President George Walker Bush, former First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush, their daughters Jenna Welch Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, and other members of the Bush family were behind Barbara Bush’s casket as it was carried out of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, in Houston, on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle Photo)

More information on Barbara Bush’s passing and her funeral can be found in the Houston Chronicle:



Decision Points, President George Walker Bush, Virginia Beach, Virginia

George Bush Responds to the Book Carving of “Decision Points”

Artist Maggie, from The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, is an avid book carver that has gotten attention locally and from national figures such as President George Walker Bush and his wife Laura Bush.  After carving the word, “Reflections” into one of the copies of “Decision Points”, Maggie send a letter to former President Bush.  As an artist, and a former statesman, here is how he responded:

This was Maggie’s flyer of the “Decision Points” book she carved when she opened her book carving exhibit, within “The Artists Gallery” that is shared with several other talented artists.

Maggie has several other books that I got to view, such as her rendering of the science fiction novel “Fahrenheit 451” with paper flames sticking out of the book.

Note from the artist regarding why George Walker Bush’s book “Decision Points” was chosen:

“The book I used for this project could have been any president/party. I was looking for a book that would be appropriate for the word “Reflections” and would be large enough to also carve a reflection of the letters underneath. His book fit the bill”.