We owe our veterans respect year-round, but we tend to reflect on their sacrifice all the more around Veterans Day. If you want to pay your respects or if you have a general interest in military history, then here are six places you should visit while you’re staying with us in San Marcos, Texas.
1/ Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing Museum – San Marcos
Distance from Pecan Park: 5 mi.
Just down the road from us in San Marcos, Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing Museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about military aviation. Five rooms are filled with memorabilia from U.S. wars and battles.
There is no set admission, but there is a suggested donation of $10.
1841 Airport Dr. Bldg. 2249 – Website
2/ The Texas Military Forces Museum – Austin
Distance from Pecan Park: 40 mi.
Located on Camp Mabry in Austin, The Texas Military Forces Museum houses an impressive collection of military vehicles and memorabilia from 1823 to present. You’ll see tanks, aircraft, helicopters, weapons, uniforms, and more.
Admission to the museum is free. You will need your driver’s license to access Camp Mabry, which is an active base.
3038 West 35th St. Austin, TX 78703 – Website
3/ National Museum of the Pacific War – Fredericksburg
Distance from Pecan Park: 75 mi.
Before you balk at the distance, you should know this is a Smithsonian-quality museum. National Museum of the Pacific War, located off of main street in the charming town of Fredericksburg, masterfully honors the memory of those who fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
There is also a small, co-located museum about Admiral Chester Nimitz, who was from Fredericksburg.
Tickets are $15 per adult. You’ll have a challenging time getting through this fascinating museum in one day.
340 E. Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 – Website
4/ The Hays County Veterans Memorial – San Marcos
Distance from Pecan Park: 4 mi.
Beyond museums, there are several places we can go to pay respect to our nation’s veterans. The Hays County Veterans Memorial is located in downtown San Marcos, and was actually designed by a class at Texas State University. The memorial committee wanted today’s generation to decide how to best honor the past.
Hopkins Street and Riverside Drive – Website
5/ Veterans Plaza – Boerne
Distance from Pecan Park: 70 mi.
Veterans Plaza in the Hill Country town of Boerne (pronounced like “Bernie”) is a beautiful tribute to United States veterans. Located on one of four original park sites in the town, the plaza features a monument and a Walk of Honor. The monument features the names of local fallen service members, dating from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
801 S. Main St. Boerne, TX – Website
6/ Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery – Killeen
Distance from Pecan Park: 97 mi.
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is definitely a drive from Pecan Park, but they have a special program you should know about. The public is regularly invited to Unaccompanied Veteran Burials, where we can honor veterans who are being buried without family members or friends around.
The best way to watch for these events is on Facebook, at the link below.
11463 State Highway 195 Killeen, TX – Facebook