USS Texas Is a Reminder of D-Day Glory
If you want to thank a veteran on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, head to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
Photo by Louis Vest
That's where the USS Texas rests as a museum ship. The 573-foot-long battleship is one of only six remaining ships to have been a part of both world wars.
According to the Historic Naval Ships Association, the ship has 80 total guns of five different types.
And like its namesake, the USS Texas stands out among its counterparts. The ship is first in many categories: first to launch an aircraft; first in the U.S. Navy to receive a commercial radar; (and since it's named after Texas) first to mount anti-craft guns.
In honor of the anniversary of World War II, 33 veterans will attend a ceremony on Battleship Texas and receive the medal of Chevalier in the French Order of the Legion of Honor from the consul general of France, based in Houston.
"As we remember the brave souls who fought and died, let us also remember that with each passing day we lose more of the patriotic Americans who committed all they had to the cause of freedom," Governor Rick Perry said in a press release. "I urge anyone who knows a World War II veteran to share your appreciation with them so they know just how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice."