Events

Photo by Chris Hunt

Photo by Chris Hunt

May 27 - 28

Close Assault 1944 – WWII Living History and Reenactment

Education program and Reenactment at 11 am and 2 pm each day

Museum open 9 am to 5 pm

Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program, now in its ninth year, features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps.

The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available. Show times are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. The 45,000 square-foot Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Memorial Day as well. Both the program and admission to the museum are free.

Camp Mabry is open to the public and adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 – Museum Open

Beer for the Fallen Memorial Day Program

Visit the Museum in the week before Memorial Day and get a small American flag, Memorial Card and name of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. On Memorial Day, take the completed card to a local bar/restaurant and buy a drink in honor of the soldier and ask the establishment to leave the drink on the bar all day to honor and remember our soldiers who never came home.

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July 15, 2017

Hands on History

6 pm to 9 pm

Come see and handle some of the most famous weapons in military history. The Texas Military forces Museum will be opening its gun vault up for one night- July 16, 2016 from 6pm to 9 pm.

Climb inside a M4A3 Sherman tank, a German Hetzer, WWII and post war era jeeps, a Kiowa and Raven helicopter, US and German halftracks and M113 and more.

Weapons from the Civil War through the War on Terror will be available to touch and pick up. This includes all the standard infantry weapons and anti-tank weapons: items like the M1863 Springfield, Krag-Jorgenson, Japanese type 99, BAR, German MP 40, Russian AK-47’s, M1-D sniper rifle, and many, many more. Uniformed reenactors will also be available to discuss the history of each weapon.

Tickets are $5 at the door (children under 6 are free) – All money benefits the Texas Military Forces Museum and its programs. Cash or credit card accepted

Snacks, soda, and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

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Coming this Fall

MABRY MIXER – LIBERATION LIBATIONS

Date and time TBD

Learn how the French and Italian wine industry protected their vineyards and wines during WWII and the German occupation; how soldiers from the 36th Infantry Division liberated their vineyards and villages; and taste some of the wines that those liberated vineyards still produce today. In addition to the history we will have a Sommelier share the history of the wines, lead us in a tasting, and celebrate a toast to the 36th Infantry Division.

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November 11-12

Veteran’s Day Close Assault 1944 – WWII Living History and Reenactment

Education program and Reenactment at 11 am and 2 pm each day

Museum open 9 am to 5 pm