Volunteer Living History re-enactors at the National Museum of the Pacific War will present three shows on both Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4. Saturday’s 90-minute shows will begin at 10:30am, 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Shows on Sunday will start at 10:30am, 3:30pm and 6:00pm. All programs will be at the Pacific Combat Zone on E. Austin between Elk and Lee Streets in Fredericksburg, two blocks east of the Museum’s main campus.
Visitors will learn about the American soldiers who fought to preserve the independence we celebrate every Fourth of July and observe the heroic tactics that helped win the Pacific War. Weapons will be discussed and demonstrated and later used in a final attack on a Japanese-held island littered with pillboxes and trenches. Attendees will feel the rumble of a Stewart tank as it moves past the audience and onto the battle field. The only operational WW II flame-thrower in Texas is used in the final assault.
“The re-enactments honor and remember the brave men and women who made it possible for our country to defend the independence we are so fortunate to enjoy,” said Marvin Schroeder, long-time Living History manager. “They also give parents the opportunity to show their children that the Fourth of July is not only about fireworks and parades but a day to remember that freedom isn’t free.”
Appropriate for the entire family, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. World War II veterans and children under six are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Combat Zone at the beginning of each performance or in advance at the Front Desks of the Admiral Nimitz Museum on Main Street and the George H.W. Bush Gallery on E. Austin Street.
The majority of the programs are standing room only so it’s advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show times. While 80 percent of the seating is shaded, sun screen and hats are recommended. Ear plugs will be provided.
The Pacific Combat Zone’s “Ship Store” will be in full operation before, during and after each performance. In addition to various snacks, bottled water and soda, there will be an assortment of adult and youth field gear, hats and tee shirts. Children’s helmets, toy guns, army action figures and gliders will also be for sale. Rounding out the list are photographs of the volunteer re-enactors (available for autographs, too).
The National Museum of the Pacific War, a Texas Historical Commission property operated by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, is located in Fredericksburg, hometown of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. It is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II.