This free-admission (donations gladly accepted though) museum is new and this beautiful building is home to a large display of Airborne & Special Forces memorabilia and traces the history of this small part of the army. It is appropriate that it is close to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
With everything from a Medal of Honor to a full size heliocopter and dioramas of famous military events, the museum is a must for any service-related person or anyone interested in military history
The Museum's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays, but is open on all Federal holiday Mondays.
It is also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Easter.
The gift shop has many unusual items for anyone that has family in the service, past or present.
If you have some spare time you may want to take a stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Situated on 85 acres, it has several gardens, small ponds, and a forest. The first Saturday of each month is free. Regular admission is only a few dollars.
All the beautiful long leaf pine trees they have all over Fayetteville. I love the trees. Mesquite, Chacaba, Pecan, Cherry, Apple, Maple, Memosa, Magnolia, and so many more, especially out in the country.
Southern Son Tattoo Studio is a great tattoo shop, really recommendable, owned by an awesome dude that definitively knows his business!! As a Regular Joe said "It took me 6 years to find the right reason to get tattooed, but if you have a good reason for them, I think they are better than pictures."
And this one for putting a smile: A guy is driving around the back roads of North Carolina and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.
"Yep," the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says "So, what's your story?" The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA and they had me sworn into the toughest branch of the armed services ... the United States Marines ... you know one of their nicknames is "The Devil Dogs." In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running, but the jetting around really tired me out and I knew I wasn't getting any younger. So, I decided to settle down. I retired from the Corps (8 dog years is 56 Corps years) and signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired." The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. "Ten dollars," the guy says.
"Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?" "Because he's a liar. He never did any of that stuff. Hell, he was in the Army!"
Visit Sicily dropzone and watch the world's premier paratroopers practice their route to work! Huah!