Current and upcoming happenings at the Museum
Release of ANF 2020 Annual Symposium recordings
Beginning today, video recordings from last September’s symposium titled Home Alive in ’45: Pivotal Decisions to End the War, will be released on a monthly basis. January’s installment is James Hornfischer’s keynote Revelation and Reckoning: Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 based on his recent book The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 (available in NMPW bookstore).
As the title indicates, Hornfischer traces the history of the U.S. campaigns on the sea and in the air that ultimately resulted in Japan’s surrender. CLICK HERE to view the Symposium video.
Facebook Live: African Americans in WWII
We often say that our victory in WWII took the efforts of our entire nation and our February Facebook Live highlights one of the many diverse dimensions of the war effort. On February 12, NMPW’s Living History team will present a livestream presentation in honor of our celebration of Black History Month. The program will feature Henry Crawford, historian and a frequent volunteer for our Living History reenactment programs to discuss the African American experience in WWII – not just in the Pacific, but also in Europe.
Friday, February 12 at 11:00 am
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Day of Remembrance
Our third annual commemoration of the Day of Remembrance will be held on Friday, February 19 with a virtual program. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the authority to remove civilians from coastal areas in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. It led to the internment of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced to leave behind their jobs, homes, and everyday lives. They were sent to live in ten “camps” located in remote areas of the U.S. Some 20,000 Canadians were also interned in remote areas of Canada. It is important to note that no interned Japanese Americans were ever charged with crimes associated with WWII.
This year’s program includes a panel of speakers including Sam Mihara, an internment survivor of the Heart Mountain camp located in northwest Wyoming, the Counsel-General of Japanese Consulate in Houston, TX and a young, Japanese American film maker who produced a film about his grandparents’ experience of WWII. The panel will be moderated by NMPW Marketing Director Ruth Ann Hattori whose mother was also an internee in British Columbia during WWII.
Look for details to follow soon on our Events page: https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/events/
Exciting new Living History program coming in March
Beginning March 6, our Living History team will launch its Outpost programs. These 20-25 minute programs will feature not only Museum staff but also volunteers who will present stories and artifacts of WWII along with Q&A. These short programs will be hosted in the Memorial Courtyard providing plenty of fresh air and space for social distancing. They will be held on Saturdays at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.
The first series of themes are:
March 6th: Weapons of War
March 13th: Gear Up
March 20: TBD
March 27th: Navy Fighter Planes
April 3rd: Communications
April 17th: Uniforms
These programs are FREE and the public is welcome!
What do you do when you can no longer have weekend or day events but God still keeps sending donations your way? You find another way to bless the wounded, injured and ill. One of our board members, a medically retired Army veteran, suggested gift cards. After some discussion, we decided to use what would have been spent on the December family R&R weekend and buy gift cards. It was determined that we could buy 26 $300 cards so we put the word out to our contacts at Fort Sam Houston that we were looking for recipients. To qualify they had to be active duty, in treatment and financially challenged. Needless to say it didn’t take long to fill the list.
Meanwhile, we wanted to see if there were any local retired veterans struggling that we might be able to help. We checked several places and finally found what we were looking for at the Needs Council. They had 11 veterans who had applied for help so we looked at the budget and added them to our gift card list.
We ended up blessing 40 families with gift cards and still spent less than if we had had weekend events in October, November and December.
The day before going to San Antonio to deliver the gift bags I received a call from a board member. His granddaughter is an Air Force wife and works with dependents at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He had cards made by a group of children she had worked with thanking service members for their service (only in their words). Sharon & I took the cards and distributed them along with the bags and to anyone else we saw on base.
GOD IS SO GOOD!!!
More photos can be seen by clicking this link https://wwnebo.org/photos/wppaspec/oc1/lnen/cv0/ab54/pt1240 OR the Photos tab at the top of the page.
The third quarter is the end of our vacation/planning period (June-August) and the beginning of the next year’s event calendar (September -May) which is usually published in the September newsletter. However, with all the uncertainty surrounding social interaction, event planning is very nebulous at this time so no event calendar appears in this newsletter.
Enjoy reading on line or download by following this link N-L 9 20
All the pictures from the Nimitz Golf Classic are available by selecting “Photos” at the top of the page.
On Friday, 11 September 2020, the Nimitz foundation hosted their annual Golf Classic. We were honored to be participants again this year. Eight (8) wounded warriors who love to golf were invited to play in the tournament as guests and one (1) to ride in the back seat of a WWII airplane. Some were medically retired and others active duty.
Most arrived on Thursday so they didn’t have to make the drive from San Antonio the morning of the tournament. They were treated to dinner at Hondo’s on Main and dessert at Clear River Ice Cream, Bakery & Deli who donated tickets for free ice cream.
Friday morning WWII airplanes flew over Boot Ranch ‘strafing’ the area where golfers were gathered waiting for the games to begin. One of the planes carried a former Ranger now living in San Antonio after being medically retired. Each of our golfers was placed with a foursome that welcomed them like old friends even providing a pointer or two along the way. In addition to playing golf there was an area to stop and shoot clay pigeons and another for shooting a crossbow. And lest anyone get hungry or thirsty, food & beverage stations were scattered throughout the golf course and beverage carts cruised the course. Admiral Nimitz and Senator Buckingham had their own golf cart and made it a point to stop and visit with golfers.
At the 19th hole celebration, it was obvious everyone had enjoyed the day. And to top it off, God blessed us with perfect weather. As if things couldn’t get better, there was a wounded warrior on each of the three winning teams. WHAT A DAY!!
While the guys were golfing, the families that had come with them were in Fredericksburg shopping, enjoying lunch at West End Pizza and also enjoying the beautiful cool weather.
Wounded Warriors at Nebo is grateful to the Nimitz Foundation for the opportunity to bring these brave young men out to the Hill Country for an incredible experience. Both Hondo’s on Main and West End Pizza worked with us to provide a fun safe dining experience in addition to donating some of the meals. And of course when you come to Fredericksburg you just have to indulge yourself at Clear River (who donated the ice cream and cookies). Thanks also go to The Inn on Baron’s Creek for the discounted rates!!
To view photos from this event click on “Photos” at top of page.
The Eleventh Annual Nimitz Golf Classic and Auction is a major fundraiser of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and benefits The National Museum of the Pacific War and our Wounded Warriors. Each year the event includes an auction, and this year we are going virtual! You can make a difference by participating in this year’s auction in support of Wounded Warriors at Nebo and the Fund-a-Need project – a New Children’s Gallery at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Please visit https://one.bidpal.net/nimitzgolfclassic to donate or bid on 50+ exciting items, such as memorable trips, unique experiences, and must have items!
Wondering how you will keep up with the amazing things going on Sept. 11? Visit the NGC website and bookmark the “Events” page!
“NMPW has done an amazing job bringing their museum collections and resources to students virtually. Learn more by following this link
This is a pretty short newsletter for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, COVID-19 pretty much shut down events planned for last April and May and second, June is the start of our vacation.
The newsletter was emailed out several weeks ago however due to technical difficulty, am just now able to upload the publication so the rest of you can read it on line or download it. Simply click on this link N-L-6-20 and enjoy.
We, the Wounded Warriors at Nebo team, pray that you are all staying healthy and safe during this difficult time and look forward to the day things return to normal.
God Bless You
Today is Memorial Day. Millions of Americans will take time to remember and honor the service men and women who died in service to their country. Originally Memorial Day was know as Decoration Day. It was meant to honor the Union and Confederate Soldiers who died during the American Civil War (1861-1865). By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate ALL American soldiers who died in any war while serving in the United States Military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day.
Sharon and I seek out different places to go on our morning walks. A couple of weeks ago we went to the Wildseed Farm just as it opened. It was early so we were the only ones there except for the workers. The fields of flowers were breathtaking but what really caught my eye is the monument (my word) they have put up honoring those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Military. It’s not something I expected to see amidst the wildflowers. Of course I had to have a picture of it and now I’m glad because I can share it with you.
Once the Memorial Day celebration (very low key this year for obvious reasons) is over it will be easy to fall back into our routines and the memory of those who sacrificed so much to keep this country safe and allow us to remain free can easily slip to the background in our thinking. So, I challenge you to make a conscience effort to continue to celebrate the life of those who died for us even after the official day of remembrance is over.
Taking that one step further, do you know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Of course you do – one honors the departed while the other honors the living who have served. Many veterans sport caps depicting the branch of service in which they served or the war(s) in which they fought. They are proud of their service as they should be and so should we.
Here’s your second challenge: Tell that veteran you appreciate his/her service. It takes less than two minutes but makes them proud that you recognized and acknowledged their sacrifice. Watch their face when you speak to them. You will see expressions from surprise to pride and many more.
GOD Bless You, GOD Bless Veterans and God Bless America
Well, I wish I had a better excuse for this getting posted late but I just plain forgot. I’m sorry. Those who receive it via email got their copy on time. However, since the church was closed we could not get paper copies for those we usually send snail mail. Click on this link and enjoy N-L 3-20