Fredericksburg, TX–Veterans Day at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas will be a day of honor and respect - memories and inspiration.
The first event of the day will begin with a program in the Memorial Courtyard at 311 East Austin Street. The Medina Regional Special Ops Center will open the 11:00 a.m. program with a Presentation of Colors which will be followed by the Ambleside School Choir performing the National Anthem. After the Pledge of Allegience, RADM C.D. Grojean, USN (Ret), Executive Director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, will welcome guests to The National Museum of the Pacific War. Helen McDonald, Director of Programs, will then offer a Recognition of Veterans. Bill Sloan, author of The Ultimate Battle, will be the main speaker. His presentation will be followed by Patriotic Festival: a musical arrangement by the Ambleside School Choir. Robert Ewing, Chaplain with the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard, will offer the Benediction which will be followed by a 21-gun salute. Bill Smallwood and Dr. Jim Fonder will conclude the program by performing Taps.
At 1:30 p.m. Bill Sloan, author of The Ultimate Battle, Ken Wiley, author of Lucky Thirteen: D-Days in the Pacific with the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II and Thomas E. Crew, author of Combat Loaded: Across the Pacific on the USS Tate will be in the Nimitz Event Center Ballroom to sign copies of their books. These titles, as well as other riveting titles by the internationally acclaimed authors, will be available for purchase in the Ballroom during the Book-signing Event and in the Admiral Nimitz Book Store after the event. It is recommended that guests purchase their copies early on the day of the event as each title from these authors tend to sell-out quickly.
One event that has become a Fredericksburg visitor staple is the weekend re-enactment at the Pacific War Zone of the National Museum of the Pacific War. Rain or shine, the Pacific Combat Program will go on at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Show times are 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday November 10, 2007 and 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday November 11, 2007. Admission to the Pacific Combat show only is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. If you purchase a ticket to the Museum the show is included in the price of admission.
The re-enactment program features volunteers who have spent many hours putting together the correct military impressions that the men and women wore during the second world war in the Pacific campaign. You will be able to see the small arms used by the American and Japanese forces in the bitter fighting that took place on the island in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The highlight of this program is the demonstration of the Mark II flame-thrower: the only operational weapon of its kind in this part of the country. Along with the uniforms and weapons you will see a restored M3A1 "Stuart" light tank, and a U.S. halftrack that will assist in the final assault on a Japanese pillbox emplacement. Visit The National Museum of the Pacific War on the web at www.Nimitz-Museum.org for more information about the Pacific Combat re-enactments.
Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmRUvkGmpuY to view a video of the most recent re-enactment.
The National Museum of the Pacific War, a Texas Historical Commission property operated by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, is located in Fredericksburg, Texas, and is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Located on a six-acre site, the facility includes the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of the Presidents, the Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, Pacific Combat Zone and the Center for Pacific War Studies.
Originally named the Admiral Nimitz Museum and housed solely in the historic Nimitz Hotel, the Museum has grown into a dynamic, first-class experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all backgrounds, a great family educational experience. In addition to nearly 34,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the Museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns. An additional 40,000 square-foot expansion is planned to be completed in late 2009.