Celebrate Our Military
As summer fast approaches we wanted to share a couple great places you can visit to have some fun and celebrate our military. The first is a place you can go any time but has even more meaning this weekend; the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. This is one of the most iconic places in all of Aggieland. President Bush was a decorated naval pilot who flew torpedo bombers during World War II. In 1944, he was shot down over the island of Chi Chi Jima and rescued. He has had an amazing life and the library does a wonderful job of telling the story of his proud military service as well as his service as President and beyond.
While there be sure to also check out the newest exhibit called "The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future." Through a partnership with the Department of Animal Sciences at Texas A&M University, this exhibit celebrates the historic ranches of Texas and their ability to adapt through changing natural and business environments. You can get all the details on the latest exhibits, hours of operation and how to get there at bush41.org
The next place that makes for a perfect Veterans Day outing is The Museum of the American GI. Right off Highway 6 in South College Station you'll find a little gem of a museum honoring our veterans. On display at the museum is one of the finest collections in the US of restored, running WWII and later era military vehicles including WWII Sherman tanks, M18 Hellcats and Vietnam-era Patrol Boat. But what really makes this museum unique is its ability to exhibit the vehicles and weapons in action. The museum hosts an annual Living History Weekend for the public to experience the rumble of tanks and whine of engines, observing small arms fire up to the blasts of tank and artillery cannons with impressive pyrotechnics simulating authentic firing. The Museum is also honored to be the home for the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The award-winning exhibit features 3,417 personalized dog tags honoring Texans killed or missing in the Vietnam War. For the latest exhibits and hours of operation see www.americangimuseum.org