George . Bush cut the ribbon in 1991 for the $3 million gallery bearing his name. The George . Bush Gallery is home to an . Ko-hyoteki class midget submarine (which participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor ), a Japanese Kawanishi N1K "Rex" floatplane, and an American North American B-25 Mitchell . In 1991, the land for the Bush Gallery was bought from H-E-B Grocery .  Money for the gallery was privately raised in the 1990s through the efforts of finance chairman Lee Bass and a board that included baseball star Nolan Ryan and Ernest Angelo, a former mayor of Midland . Admission tickets cover both museums. In addition, the museum is currently home to the PT boat PT-309 . 
As a matter of general interest, one report states that the first person to land on the continent of Europe during the invasion was Captain Frank Lillyman of the 101st Airborne Division, an airborne pathfinder. Less than an hour after landing, Captain Lillyman heard the engines of the main body of IX Troop Carrier Command C-47s arriving from the west. They were carrying paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions—a sight that captain Lillyman hadn’t time to enjoy. Lt. Col Patrick Cassidy, battalion commander of the 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, ordered Lillyman to set up a roadblock near Foucarville.
The memorial is open Monday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During the months of January and February and part of March, the invasion pool is drained for maintenance. In addition to the memorial's static displays, on several weekends throughout the year, the memorial hosts events relating to remembering World War II. Examples of such events have included a weekend long encampment of World War II re-enactors and a World War II-style religious mass in addition to Memorial , Veteran's , and D-Day activities that occur annually.