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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pacific Combat Living History at the Nimitz

By Elizabeth Taylor, National Museum of the Pacific War staff

This Memorial Day weekend, the National Museum of the Pacific War will come alive with the sights and sounds of World War II as reenactors demonstrate and discuss the weapons, tactics, and strategy that won the war. Reenactments will take place three times a day on May 28 and 29 at the Pacific Combat Zone, located two blocks northeast of the museum. One of the highlights of the program is the use of a WWII-era flamethrower (shown below).

Nearly 2,000 people attended the previous weekend program during Spring Break, and museum staff has recently expanded the seating area to accommodate more fans. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit the museum’s website.

Also that weekend, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the museum. Commemorating those who have died in service, the event will include a performance by the Fredericksburg High School band, a rifle salute, wreath dedications, speaker Lt. Gen. L.D. Holder (Ret.), and a book signing with Thomas P. Ostrom, author of The United States Coast Guard in WWII.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property located in Fredericksburg and is supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The site is part of the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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