Isn't she a beauty? This was a fabulous and fun weekend for my family. This is the LST 325 (Landing Ship Tank) and it was in our area on the Mississippi River! What makes it so special? This ship is one of only 2 in existence and was a part of our World War II history. It saw Omaha beach in Normandy on June 5th, 1944 taking men and vehicles onland to fight the war. It has seen it's time in the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict, as well. Now, it is here for all of us to see and be thankful to all of the men and women who have fought for our freedoms. The LST is located in Evansville, Indiana and is now touring the U.S. waterways to educate everyone on what its role was to keep America free. It is still undergoing restorations and some of the money that is raised helps to go to complete that work.
As we were leaving after our tour of her we were walking back to the car and there was an elderly gentleman dressed in his old uniform proudly on his way to see her. It just touched my heart to see that gentleman. It is thanks to him and the millions of others that we have the freedom to see this ship and learn about her history. Tears welled in my eyes as I saw this gentleman.
Today as I spoke with my dad, I found that he also travelled on a ship just like this to serve his time in the United States Army during the Korean War. I loved being able to sit and listen to his stories and chat with him about things we had seen on board that he knew about all too well. It made me even more glad that we got to see it knowing that my own dad had been on one of these fighting for my rights and the rights of others.
If you would like to find out more about this LST be sure to visit their website at: http://www.lstmemorial.org/.
Thanks to the men and women over all of the years and into the present who have served us so proudly to give us our freedom and to those who are keeping our history alive by restoring the ships, planes and artifacts of our American history so that future generations can learn and appreciate what has been given for their freedoms.