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Veterans Day 2016

Honoring veterans through museum exhibits, parades and more
Written by , published November 7, 2016

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Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and always. To help you observe the upcoming holiday, we share some of the many military museums available across the state, and a few Veteran's Day events near you.

More Veteran Museums

American Airpower Heritage Museum, Midland

Battleship USS Texas, La Porte

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison

Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum, Gilmer

Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas

Fort Sam Houston Museum, Fort Sam

H.E.A.R.T.S Veteran Museum of Texas, Huntsville

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston

Military Museum of Texas, Houston

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Brownsville

Silent Wings Museum, Terrell

Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin

USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum on the Bay, Corpus Christi

Fredericksburg

Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings. As they wander among the shops and galleries, many visitors may inadvertently miss one of the town’s jewels: The National Museum of the Pacific War. This great resource for the story of World War II's Pacific Theater was established in 1971 in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, Fredericksburg's native son and Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the Pacific Ocean area. The museum is hosting a Veteran's Day observance in its Memorial Courtyard at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Sweetwater

A wooden sign three miles west of Sweetwater marks the National WASP WWII Museum, the site of a remarkable story of patriotic women who soared into bleached-out West Texas skies from here during World War II. Postcards: Sweetwater, Home of the WASP:  Learn more about these famous WWII Fly Girls.

Events

Bandera, Bandera Honors Veterans

9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Bandera County Courthouse Lawn includes family displays, live music beginning at 10 a.m., a ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by a parade at noon. Veterans and their wives receive a free barbecue sandwich lunch. Additional food concessions available. For more information, call 830/460-0394.

Bastrop, Veterans Day Car Show Weekend

The Veterans Day Car Show includes a ceremony honoring veterans, live music and a cruise-in on Friday night in downtown Bastrop. For more information, call 512/303-0558

Dalhart, XIT Rangers Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 11 parade, on Denrock Ave. from 2nd Street to 8th Street in Dalhart, honors all military personnel. A ceremony follows at the 7th Street Veterans Memorial Park immediately following the parade. For more information, call 806/249-2791.

Dallas,  U.S. Armed Forces discount at Reunion Tower

Active, retired and veteran military members – visiting in uniform or showing their ID – receive a $5 discount off Geo-Deck observation deck tickets at Reunion Tower in Dallas from Nov. 1-30. For more information, call 214/712-7040.

Grand Prairie, Veteran's Day Celebration

Veteran's Day celebration, hosted by the Ci­­ty of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, includes a free all-American lunch (hot dogs, apple pie) and performances including color guard, bag piper, trumpeter, 21-gun salute by Grand Prairie Police Honor Guard and vintage-aircraft fly over. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Grand Prairie Veterans Memorial. For more information, call 972/237-8100.

 

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