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
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
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.
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.
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.