My wife Linda and I attended the hugely successful Baytown rally at the Battleship Texas Saturday, Nov. 2.
It was an upbeat fun event on a beautiful blue sky day with lots of enthusiasm from all participants. Almost everyone dressed in red, white, and blue, and there were many flags of Texas and the USA flying in the light breeze under blue skies.
I wore my brightest red shirt and pinned a sign to the shirt stating “THE BATTLESHIP TEXAS NEEDS BAYTOWN.” I was asked what the sign meant. I said “The sign could have read “Baytown needs the Battleship Texas”, but that would be inaccurate. Baytown does not need the battleship to survive and prosper. However the Battleship Texas needs Baytown to survive. The battleship has always been moored near the end of a long dead-end road in a very out of the way location. No wonder there is not enough tourist traffic to pay the expense of upkeep. If the battleship is relocated to Baytown at the foot of the Fred Hartman Bridge, millions of people will be passing by with a clear view of the Texas in all her glory. Tourist attendance will escalate to untold numbers, guaranteeing plenty of money for the Texas to survive and prosper along with the city of Baytown.
Jerry L. Jones