On Pearl Harbor Day, a move to expand Texas memorial





Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is always a major event in the hometown of World War II Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Chester Nimitz.  [Fredericksburg is 70 miles NNW of San Antonio.]

Thursday, the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, is no different.

Veterans will lead a solemn tribute at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where a middle school choir will sing the National Anthem, a Pearl Harbor survivor will address the crowd and a 21-gun salute will echo through downtown before taps is sounded.

But there's a special twist to this year's observance.

Thursday is the long-scheduled competitive sale of $9 million in Texas Historical Commission bonds to expand the museum, the George Bush Gallery and Nimitz Steamboat Hotel so the tragedy of Pearl Harbor and the ensuing Pacific battles won't be forgotten.

The bond sale falling on Pearl Harbor Day is "pure coincidence," said Texas Public Finance Authority Director Kim Edwards. The authority usually convenes the first Thursday of the month, she told the Houston Chronicle.



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