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D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration

8:00a to 2:00p
Sat, June 08, 2019
Mark Osborne
(281) 479-2431, x271

Remember the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion aboard Battleship TEXAS.

Battleship TEXAS is the last remaining battleship to have served during D-Day. Join us for a day of activities to commemorate TEXAS' part in the decisive battle, and to remember the sacrifices of all who served.

Activity Schedule

All activities are free with general admission to the ship. Program and activities are subject to change. Please look for posted notices.

8 a.m. – D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony

The ceremony on the ship's bow is free and open to the public. Boarding will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Special guests include:

  • Former TEXAS crew members and their families
  • Samuel J. Cox, USN, RADM (Retired), Director, Navy History and Heritage Command
  • Charles Hewell, P.E., CAPT USN (Retired)
  • Wayne Thompson, CWO4, USCG (Retired)
  • Community Band of Southeast Texas
  • Sea Cadets Color Guard
  • The Patriot Guard
  • Cub Scout Pack 1292, Sam Houston Council, recognizing D-Day Medal of Honor recipients.

Refreshments provided by the Battleship TEXAS Foundation will be served immediately following the ceremony.

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Event Activities

Regular ship admission charges apply. (Ages 12-64: $12; 65+: $6; Ages 5-11: $3; Ages 4 & Younger: Free; Active & Retired Military: Free; Families of Active Military (limit 5): Free

On the Ship

  • D-Day Exhibit (Officers Wardroom, 2nd Deck)
  • First Texas Volunteer Docents (throughout the ship), providing special access to the Navigation Bridge
  • Lone Star Living History Association re-enactors (throughout the ship), portraying TEXAS crewmembers
  • Sixth Cavalry Historical Association, portraying Army Rangers (Casemate 8, 2nd Deck) and German POWs (Brig, 3rd Deck)
  • D-Day Touch Table (Port Air Castle, Main Deck)
  • "Simulating D-Day: Tactics on the Tabletop" sponsored by Beer & Pretzels Wargaming (Christensen Room, 2nd Deck)
  • Vintage Radio Recordings and Speeches played throughout the day around the ship

Also...Battleship TEXAS' new Audio Tour will be available in the Ship Store

"Encampment" (in the park)

(all of the following activities are free, except food/ refreshments)

  • Vintage Military Vehicles and Army Encampment sponsored by the 6th Cavalry Historical Association
  • "Saluting Our Homefront Heroes" Pop-Up Museum sponsored by the Houston Maritime Museum (Port Air Castle, Main Deck)
  • Entertainment from 1940s-style singer Maria Thorne and Big-Band sounds of The Jazz Connection
  • Food and refreshments available for purchase from The Lunch Bag & Smoothie Strong Food Trucks, and the park's Ship Store