Tonight at 8:00 pm EDT, NBC will broadcast “All Together Now: A Celebration of Service,” a special tribute to President George H. W. Bush and the American ideal of service and voluntary action organized by the Points of Light Institute.
The tribute was taped last Monday at the Kennedy Center, and brought together Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H. W Bush, and other leaders to honor President Bush and his commitment to volunteerism. President Bush has devoted his life to public service, having served as a Navy pilot in World War II, a Member of Congress, Ambassador to the UN, Director of the CIA, Vice President, and President. While in office, he started the Points of Light movement and signed the 1990 National Service Act, which led to the creation of the Corporation for National and Community Service and ushered in a new era of bipartisan presidential leadership for service.
The event featured tributes to President Bush, stories of volunteers, and performances by Garth Brooks, Miranda Cosgrove, Cee Lo Green, Heather Headley, Jonny Lang, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Jim Nantz, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, Mavis Staples and Carrie Underwood, each lending their voice to the power of voluntary action.
This bipartisan celebration recognizes a simple but profound truth – that service is at the heart of who we are as Americans and how we solve problems in America. At a time of social need, as Americans look for ways to give back, service is an essential, bipartisan investment in our nation’s future.
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PS. Click here for a commentary about the tribute by CNCS CEO Patrick Corvington and Points of Light Institute CEO Michelle Nunn in the Huffington Post.
- Michelle Nunn: A Tribute to George H.W. Bush’s Legacy of Service (huffingtonpost.com)
- Saluting Presidential Service (thepage.time.com)
- Points of Light Institute Honors President H.W. Bush (handsonjacksonvilleblog.wordpress.com)