“Visitors eager for a glimpse into our nation’s wartime history will get their chance when the LST-325, a World War II-era Navy ship, visits Aurora,” reports Debbie Smith, Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau executive director.
The memorial ship that honors former LST (Landing Ship Tank) military vessels will be at the Aurora Riverfront Ferry Landing as part of the community’s bicentennial celebration. It will be open for public tours Friday-Monday, Sept. 13-16, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 for adults 18 and up, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for ages 5 and under.
Originally launched in 1943, the LST was a part of Force B, the back-up force for troops going ashore at Omaha Beach in Normandy June 6, 1944. It later made many trips between England and France ferrying troops, equipment, ammunition and supplies during 1944-45. In later years, the ship continued to serve throughout the Cold War and was active in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, before retiring to its home port of Evansville.
A large vessel once capable of carrying more than 20 Sherman tanks, the LST-325 is 50 feet wide, over a football field long, and weighs approximately 3,800 tons. In addition to tours, the event will include a large display of military equipment on land at Lesko Park; special flyover of a B-25 Bomber; veterans’ dedication at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15; BB Riverboats cruises aboard the Belle of Cincinnati (www.bbriverboats.com/cruises/aurora-cruises); fireworks display; and more.
For more information, visit www.lstvisitsaurora.com.