A piece of history has docked for the weekend on the riverfront in Brandenburg.
USS LST-325, the last remaining personnel and equipment transport used during World War II, opened for tours Friday and will be available through the holiday weekend.
The LST, which stands for Landing Ship Tank, was commissioned in February 1943 and was used to deliver troops and military equipment to beachheads in Sicily and later Salerno, Italy. It later participated in the D-Day invasion and its official history documents frequent trips between Britain and the beaches of Omaha, Utah, Gold and Juno as the war effort progressed in Europe.
The 328-foot-long ship will be docked off Brandenburg’s riverfront and open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday.
Admissions for anyone 18 or older is $10. Youth tickets, ages 6 to 17, are $5 and children 5 and younger are admitted free.
The tour also is free to any WWII or Korean War veterans and the tourism site says active military service nembers and first responders can be admitted free with an ID.
It’s scheduled to depart Monday for similar stops next week in Ashland and later Charleston, West Virginia. The LST-325 floating museum is based in Evansville, Indiana, when not on one of its annual excursions.
Meade County Tourism working with other area organizations and local government has organized related festivities during the visit which include a classic car show, Jeep gathering, food trucks, artisan booths and a historic book fair with authors. On Saturday night, a concert in the park and beer garden are scheduled.