Start from the first floor of the museum to learn about the build-up to WWII, then walk through the first exhibit to understand the organization of the 12th Armored Division and how the Hellcats became the “Suicide Division.” Learn how that armored tank division advanced a siege that had never succeeded in history. It’s all in the audio guide device given to each visitor.
Unlike most WWII museums, the 12th Armored Division Museum focuses only on the stories of one unit's combat history in WWII. Handwritten letters and diary entries of soldiers provide the perspective of the guys who were on the ground and more personal experience on how events unfold. A few of the 12th Armored Division’s veterans are still scattered throughout the country, but those numbers are dwindling.
6 pm: Dinner
For dinner, you have many delicious options in downtown Abilene. Enjoy Ginger Citrus Quail at Cypress St. Station or The Mac Attack from R Sports Bar & Grill. For those who are craving for pizza, head to Vagabond Pizza for wood-fired pizza based on seasonality, new ingredients and enjoy a beer on tap!
If the night is still young, check what’s showing at the historic Paramount Theatre or Town & Country Drive-in theatre for double feature night. The Mill Wine Bar & Event Center is also a great place for drinks, live music and dancing.