I was not aware that each year they resurface one side of the big nickle and put a new design on it. We got there with enough time to walk through the museum before sitting down to watch the unveiling ceremony.
The museum is small but filled with some interesting artifacts. It isn't just the displays of wooden nickles, there are lots of interesting antiques.
We thought this old fashioned player piano was interesting.
Admission to the museum is free so if you ever make a trip to the Botanical Gardens, you are pretty much obligated to swing by and take a look.
Outside, the folks had put together a small fair of sorts that would continue on during the afternoon. There were games and BBQ pits set up, and it looked like it was going to be a good time.
When it was time for the big event, the assembled crowd stood for the posting of the colors by a group of reenactment Buffalo Soldiers and characters from the old days. I assume they were reenactment actors. A young lady from a private school, I want to say St. Peters something or other, gave a nice performance of the National Anthem. Very well done in a Britney Spears sort of way.
The MC for the event was a dapper young man who, but for the modern aluminum crutches could have been right out of a Lonesome Dove movie set, thanked several different people and groups. The guest speaker was a man from the San Antonio area Fisher House's to explain how they help the families of military members visiting their wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties. What a great cause. Here in Military City, USA, we have a total of 7 Fisher Houses, three at Lackland and WHMC and four supporting Ft Sam and BAMC.
And with that, it was time for the unveiling!
We weren't able to stay and enjoy the festive event, but it was very nice to see the museum and all the interesting things inside as well as the fresh new Fisher House logo on the big wooden nickle.