Coverage of the development and dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

Lighting of Bush Center's Freedom Hall

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:44 PM CDT
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Fireworks burst in the sky as a part of the celebration during the lighting of Freedom Hall at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Fireworks burst in the sky as a part of the celebration during the lighting of Freedom Hall at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.

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Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush watched fireworks burst above his newly dedicated presidential library during the lighting of Freedom Hall, a 67-foot-high "lantern" made of limestone that serves as a focal point of the building.

In the short ceremony Thursday night that featured several songs by the U.S. Army Chorus, Bush noted that it had been a "joyous" day.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center was dedicated Thursday morning. It includes his presidential library, a museum and a policy institute on the campus of Southern Methodist University. 

The dedication ceremony featured comments from Bush and President Barack Obama, along with former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Bush's father, George H.W. Bush.

The center opens to the public May 1.


George W. Bush Presidential Center
Complete coverage of the development and dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University. All living American presidents are expected to attend the event. Click here for more.

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