Houston Event to Raise Awareness about National Coast Guard Museum

Proposed National Coast Guard Museum
Proposed National Coast Guard Museum

On behalf of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, honorary co-chairs George H.W. Bush, Arnold Palmer and James David Power III will host an advanced screening of Walt Disney Pictures' production "The Finest Hours," which chronicles the daring Coast Guard rescues of crews from two oil tankers that had both broken in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a nor'easter.

The association is working to raise funds for the planned $100 million National Coast Guard Museum in downtown New London.

The screening, which is by invitation only, will take place on Jan. 21 at the Houston Museum of National Science.

While not an official fundraising event, the screening is intended to raise awareness about the museum.

Many members of the barge and waterway industries are invited with a couple hundred guests expected to attend.

The movie officially will be released on Jan. 29.

During the "war on drugs" in the 1980s, Bush, then vice-president under Ronald Reagan, worked to establish the South Florida Drug Task Force, comprising representatives from multiple government agencies and the military. Through that effort, he worked closely with the Coast Guard.

Palmer and Power both served in the Coast Guard.

Wes Pulver, executive director of the museum association, expressed the association's excitement that the three men were hosting the event, and thanked Disney for allowing them to host an advanced screening of the movie.

Another advanced screening hosted by the Coast Guard Academy at the Garde Arts Center will take place Jan. 28.

The entire Corps of Cadets is expected to attend.

Adm. Thad Allen, the Coast Guard's 23rd Commandant, will deliver a leadership lecture to the cadets prior to the screening.

The screening and the lecture are by invitation only.

By early to mid-February, the museum association expects to unveil more mature schematics of the museum, which organizers are hoping to open by 2020.

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