Veterans Day Observance Tuesday 11 am

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor all veterans of all conflicts.

Join us for our annual Veteran’s Day program that will include patriotic music, presentation of colors, rifle salute and guest keynote speaker.

It’s free and open to the public. 11 AM in the Memorial Courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series with George P. Shultz – March 4

Join us in Fredericksburg, Texas, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, for the initial event of the 2015 Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series, at 304 W. San Antonio Street.  Featuring George P. Shultz, former Chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory board and Secretary of State from 1982-89.  All tickets include dinner and open bar.  Cocktail Party begins at 6 pm, Remarks and Q & A at 7 pm, followed by Dinner.  Signed copies of Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future by George P. Shultz will be available at the Cocktail Party.  To be held at the St. Mary’s Parish Center.  Space is limited and is on a first come basis.  To purchase tickets immediately, contact Laura Nelson at (830) 997-8600 ext. 200 or nelson@nimitzfoundation.org

Individual tickets are $250.

War Dog Demonstration – July 14

Dog lovers might enjoy this free demonstration showing how canines have played an important role in the military. The National Museum of the Pacific War presents War Dogs Demonstration this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard on museum grounds at 340 E. Main St., in Fredericksburg. Watch as trainers from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio train dogs for military action – bomb sniffing, attack dogs and puppy/retiree adoption programs. At 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Patsy Swendson, founder of the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation which trains dogs to work with wounded warriors, will be on hand. Swendson will introduce several military personnel and the dogs that help them. For information, call 830-997-8600

Victor Jorgensen Photography Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War – February 13 to April 27

View images by one of the first photographers chosen to become part of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit who traveled widely while documenting World War II.  During regular business hours at the George H. W. Bush Gallery in the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin. For more information call 830-997-8600.

Battle of Tarawa Re-enactment – March 12-13

Pacific war re-enacment

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On March 12 and 13 the National Museum of the Pacific War will hold its first Living History Programs of 2011. The program demonstrates weapons and strategies that were vital in the struggle for dominance in the Pacific theater in World War II. Re-enactors use landing craft, tanks, explosive charges, and even a flamethrower to explain and illustrate the equipment and tactics used by the American Army and Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army forces in WWII. The mock battle represents one such battle—the deadly struggle for island of Tarawa.  There will be three shows each day (10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.).

The program takes place at the Pacific Combat Zone, which is located two blocks east of the museum complex on East Austin Street between Elk and Lee. Admission to the 90-minute program is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children under six years of age are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the George H.W. Bush Gallery, the Admiral Nimitz Bookstore or online. Tickets are also available at the Pacific Combat Zone on the day of the programs, but due to their popularity, advance purchase is recommended. Admission includes earplugs. The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

70th Anniversary of Battle of Midway – August 17

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the National Museum of the Pacific War,  with Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor History Emeritus, United States Naval Academy, and author of a brilliant new recounting of America’s greatest naval victory led by the tactics of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. General Michael Hagee, USMC,  will join Dr. Symonds in discussing the leadership decisions employed by Nimitz and his team of code breakers and battle commanders and crews.

Join us August 17th 2pm to 4pm in the Nimitz Ballroom – includes a reception and refreshments during which Dr. Symonds will be signing his book, The Battle of Midway. (Books will be available for purchase.)

$10.00 regular admission

$5.00 Admiral Nimitz Foundation Members

“10 am on June 4, 1942, Japan was winning the war. One hour later, they were not.  Such was the decisive impact of the Battle of Midway.”

Spring Family Event at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 24

Families are invited to an afternoon filled with history and fun at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 328 East Main Street, at 2 pm. Learn about the use of “target kites” in WWII, then decorate one to take home. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six and ten years. All materials for easy and fun kite assembly are provided. At the end of the program, kites can be taken home to be flown. Admission to the program is $5.00 per child; this fee will cover the cost of supplies. The program will be capped at 18 children, pre-registration is encouraged.

Book Signing at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Award-winning author, James Hornifischer will be available this Saturday to sign copies of his new book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street at 2 pm on Saturday.

Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.”  He has appeared on the History Channel and Fox News and frequently speaks to veterans’ organizations, civic groups and professional naval organizations on the subject of the Pacific Theater in World War II.