Fredericksburg museum offers Blue Star Program admission

The National Museum of the Paci c War is located in Fredericksburg, where Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz lived as a young child. The museum complex includes the Admiral Nimitz Gallery, shown here, which is housed in the old Nimitz Steamboat Hotel in downtown Fredericksburg. The hotel was owned and operated by the admiral’s grandfather. Nimitz served as Commander in Chief, United States Paci c Fleet, during World War II.

FREDERICKSBURG — TheNational Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg recently announced it will join museums nationwide by participating in the 10th sum-mer of Blue Star Museums, a program that provides free admission to the nation’sactive-duty military personneland their families during the summer.

The 2019 program began May 18, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Sept. 2, Labor Day.

Military members can nd the list of participat-ing museums at arts.gov/ bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honoraryco-chairwomen of Blue StarMuseums 2019.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to cel-ebrate the 10th summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as The National Museum of the Paci c War are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, CoastGuard, as well as membersof the Reserves, NationalGuard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to ve family members.

“We are excited once again to welcome our nation’s ser-vice members and their fami-lies to our museum,” said Rorie Cartier, museum direc-tor. “I think it is just one small way for us to say ‘thank you’ for all that the service members and their families do for our country.”

Quali ed members mustshow a Geneva Conventioncommon access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form1173-1 ID card for entranceinto a participating Blue Star Museum.

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