Monday, May 28, 2012
SABBATH REST, A CELEBRATION, and THE PACIFIC WAR MUSEUM
Memorial Day dawned bright, with a little excitement during breakfast. We noticed a pigeon struggling to swim across the river, looking for a landing area low enough to climb up to the stone walkway. His movements looked odd in the water, as it appeared that he was doing the butterfly stroke! I didn't know pidgeons could swim, so I watch the bird's maneuvers closely. I was relieved to know it arrived safely. I've spent my life "rescuing" animals in distress, but as my kids and friend, Marcia remind me, my care does not always result in survival!
Out to the rolling hills we headed, and on to the town of Fredericksburg, where the world class, "National Pacific War Museum" is located. The former Nimitz Hotel, graciously serving travelers and the military in the Victorian Era and beyond, houses the memorabilia and history of Chester Nimitz, Admiral of the Navy in the Pacific during WW2. His grandfather, who opened the hotel, was a great influence on Chester. His values of hard work and determination, stories of the sea and frontier Texas military, formed the boy who would one day be the highest ranking officer of the US Navy.