This June, Kennebunkport’s most famous citizen will be celebrating a milestone birthday. President George Herbert Walker Bush will be turning 90, even as Barbara remains a stylish 39ish. Over the years, the couple has risen to the heights of power, but has never strayed from the roots of home. They have held a place among the leaders of the world, but have never lost touch with those whose paths they have crossed along the way. They have met many challenges, yet have held onto their warmth and humor. Through all the fog of political life, they have held a true course, valuing above all a love for one another, family, friends and community. That community is Kennebunkport, the Bush family’s “Anchor to Windward”.
In 2009, friends of President Bush dedicated an anchor to him on the shoreline overlooking his Walker’s Point home. The inscription next to the anchor reads, “For our 41st President – George H. W. Bush – An ‘Anchor to Windward’- As he was for his nation and world during four years of tumultuous and historic change, so, too, has Kennebunkport served, in the words of St. Paul, ‘as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast’ to him – Presented by those who love him as much as he loves this special place.”
In 2011, family and friends dedicated “Ganny’s Garden” to honor Barbara Bush. The inscription at the garden reads, “ In Honor of Barbara Pierce Bush - First Lady of the United States – Family Literacy Advocate – Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend – ‘Volunteer and philanthropic work is a lot like planting peonies, you may not see the results right away, but you are planting the seeds that one day will sprout and bloom forever.’ – Barbara Bush – Dedicated by those who admire this singular woman and her countless contributions to our world.”
An endowment is being created to pay for the ongoing maintenance of these special community places. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution in honor of President and Mrs. Bush’s birthdays, please click the link below:
Contribute before June 10th and we will add your name to a special birthday greeting being sent to President and Mrs. Bush, recognizing you as a contributor.