3rd trip - My friend Willy
Updated: Jan 7, 2022
I would like to dedicate this trip to my good friend Willy.
The nasty disease Covid took this fine man from us
while I was en route on this trip in the USA.
I just got back from my last trip to the US and I would like to wish everybody a healthy new year.
Instead of driving along the border of Mexico to Tucson, I got in contact with the Museum of Texas Army forces in Austin.
They organised on the 15th of December a little Christmas party and invited me to join them.
Because I had a few extra days, I contacted the Houston National Cemetery who also invited me for a visit.
I was impressed by the size and maintenance of this cemetery.
I had a nice conversation and I donated a statue, they where restoring the building at the entrance.
Once renovations are done, they will make a cabinet to display the statue, flyer and my story at the entrance room.
At the end of my previous trip I drove to the National United States Armed Forces Museum in Houston, which unfortunately was closed due to COVID.
Thought I'd give it another try on this trip and I was lucky, it was open and they offered me a guided museum tour for several hours.
It is a comprehensive museum with many interesting pieces.
After looking for a WW1 memorial in Houston I ended up on the site of the "The World War I Monument" this monument is to be found at the Heritage Society plaza behind the Museum, adjacent to Sam Houston Park. It consists of a bronze plaque set in a granite block. An eagle spreads its wings over the list of names of local soldiers who died in that war.
Because I had a few days before I had to drive to Austin, I drove to Galveston and visited a few memorials
and the Mexican Telegraph Company’s Galveston transmission shack.
On December 13th, I drove to Austin through Columbus and San Antonio.
On my way to Austin I visited the Texas Air museum in San Antonio, which was sadly closed upon my arrival which I was told by an employee.
After I introduced myself, the man told me that he had to work there for a few hours and that I could walk around freely. I was amazed by their collection, also nice material from ww1.
In San Marcos, I visited the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing.
A museum with airplanes and items from www1, ww2 and other battles.
They also have the restored airplane “That’s All, Brother” which is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that led the main airborne invasion of Normandy.
A retired pilot gave me an interesting tour.
My final stop was on December 15th during which I visited the Texas Military Forces Museum. The people there asked if I could tell them about my trip and the Coming World Remember Me statue that evening at their Christmas gathering which I happily did.
I returned that evening, they had provided a table and I told why I was making this trip through the USA. I donated my second statue/last of this trip there. They are going to display it at the entrance of the base so that everyone who visits the base can see it.
When I have collected all the pictures from my cameras, I will come back with the complete story of this trip...