SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
In the course of fulfilling its mission, the National Museum of the Pacific War grew from its original home as the Nimitz Museum, housed in Fredericksburg’s unique 1890 Nimitz Steamboat Hotel, to a six-acre complex. Dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Pacific Theater of World War II in order that the sacrifices of those who contributed to our victory may never be forgotten, the museum now includes the Nimitz as well as the state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot exhibition hall known as the George H.W. Bush Gallery; the Plaza of Presidents commemorating the 10 U.S. Presidents who served in the war; the Veteran’s Walk of Honor and Memorial Wall; the Japanese Garden of Peace; the Pacific Combat Zone, an outdoor exhibit offering visitors a deeper understanding of the struggle between Allied and Japanese forces; and the Center for Pacific War Studies.
Although the Second World War saw a great alliance of 26 nations stand against the Axis Powers, the war against Japan in the Pacific became primarily an American war. It was an event that proved American’s mettle, but also changed it forever. The National Museum of the Pacific War, with the Texas Historical Commission serving as steward, explains, in detail, the war’s impact while commemorating those who served and sacrificed.