‘Portraits of Courage’ by President George W. Bush Coming to EPCOT

The start of May kicks off National Military Appreciation Month, and soon EPCOT will welcome a very exciting collection to The American Adventure Pavilion. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute, will have its grand opening on June 9. This new exhibit will be featured as part of Disney’s enduring admiration for those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans.

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

“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.”

Sharing military veteran stories through art

Each painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted and guests visiting the exhibit will learn more about these military heroes’ journey.  These include tales of valiant service on the battlefield, to 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.

“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.”

We look forward to celebrating National Military Appreciation Month with additional events leading up to us welcoming back the Department of Defense Warrior Games to Disney World June 21-30.