Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: President's Day Edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

President George Bush, November 14, 2001.

When the Fred Parks Law Library was officially opened and dedicated on November 14, 2001, the keynote speaker was a long-time friend of Parks – President George H. W. Bush. In his speech President Bush said, “[i]t’s often been said that America is a nation of laws, not men, which charges so many right here in this audience with the awesome, sacred responsibility to be vigilant, and diligent, in the way you practice and  exert the law.” Using Parks as an example, he went on to say that the successful life must include service to others that people “need to get off the sidelines and roll up their sleeves and give something back." President Bush continued:
At the beginning of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt was the bold and energetic leader who represented a new generation of patriots that answered the call to greatness. Roosevelt understood that accepting the mantle of greatness also meant shouldering the burdens of responsibility. … A century later, as we stand at the threshold of a new century, and a new era in mankind’s history, the names and the faces have changed, but the challenge remains the same. We need a new generation to answer the call to greatness – a new band of patriots to give meaning to the words, “duty, honor, country.”

President Bush concluded by saying that throughout his life Fred Parks answered when duty – and decency – called, and that “this library, which will serve so many for so long, is the perfect tribute.”