Fredericksburg is a tourist town south of us where it hardly ever freezes. It’s easy for us to pop in for a day there.
On Main Street where many small shops draw visitors, planters enhance the view along the sidewalks.
This one has brightly colored pansies and ornamental cabbages.
I’ve often wondered who is responsible for the upkeep of the planters – the shopkeepers or the city.
Note the tractor seats used as sitting spots for weary shoppers.
This one really intrigued me. It’s a man laying in a bathtub. So clever.
Just love the work of creative people.
One of the big attractions in Fredericksburg, besides shopping, is the Nimitz War Museum, National Museum of Pacific War. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz served as CinCPAC, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and was soon afterward named Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II.
He was a hometown boy of German heritage. Most people in this area have German heritage with German restaurants being another appeal.
The museum itself is huge and packed with memorabilia. Several hours are required to view it all.
Behind the museum on the same property is a Japanese garden given by the Japanese government to promote friendship.
It’s a quiet tranquil place with a walking path on the edge of the small garden.
From that garden, the pathway leads to the Memorial Courtyard. In the background you’ll see the Walk of Honor and the Memorial Walls. There are numerous stone walls with thousands of pictures from WW II .
The berries on this tree look like a Possumhaw, but it has a single trunk. Most native Possumhaws have small multiple trunks and are not this tall. So it could be a hybrid or a totally different species.
As I walked along the wall, I just took a couple of pictures. There are many individual pictures, as well. In fact, every time we visit, there are more walls and more pictures.
One of the things I noticed were how many different ships and planes were involved.
There was a plaza with memorials in a semi-circle to honor all the US presidents who served. Of course, F.D. Roosevelt and H. S. Truman were the commander-in-chiefs. D. D. Eisenhower was the Commander in Europe. J. F. Kennedy, L. B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush served in the Navy. Ronald Reagan served in the Army.
Automatic cannon mounted on ships for antiaircraft use.
Torpedo housing to protect them from heat and being directly hit by other guns on board.
One of four solid bronze screws used to propel an aircraft carrier.
Although it wasn’t labeled,this looks like the Peace Rose, which was developed between 1935 and 1939 by a French horticulturist. When German invasion was imminent, he sent cutting to friends out of the country to save it.
“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower
“They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.” Admiral Chester W. Nimitz