July 3, 1991, was a star-spangled affair at Mount Rushmore, in more ways than one. As the United States prepared to celebrate Independence Day, Mount Rushmore celebrated the 50th anniversary of its completion with a formal dedication ceremony. Part of a contingent of celebrities and dignitaries attending the day's events, then-president George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush were the biggest draw, with president Bush speaking at the dedication ceremony. The Associated Press reported that "the 75-minute show was conducted on a scale in keeping with what is called the world's most colossal sculpture." The Journal joins the nation mourning President Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, and celebrates his legacy with a look back at his celebratory visit to the Black Hills.
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