Hannibal Welcomes D-Day Landing Craft

Hannibal Welcomes D-Day Landing Craft

Hannibal, Mo. – Glascock’s Landing on the riverfront in Hannibal will host the LST-325, a D-Day landing craft, Aug. 21 through Aug. 25, 2008. The LST-325, one of only two World War II Landing Ship Tanks preserved in the U.S., is an amphibious vessel and was designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores.

Tours of the LST-325 will be provided daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical groups are scheduled to perform live on the riverfront on Thursday and Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a free movie showing beginning at 8 p.m.

A special ceremony honoring the LST’s crew will begin at noon on Friday, Aug. 22, with music provided by Vocal Point from Brigham Young University. World War II displays, including four World War II-era vehicles, are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. In addition to the displays, a mock camp will be set up along the riverfront with World War II re-enactors.

WHAT: The USS LST-325, one of only two World War II landing ship tanks preserved in the United States, will dock in Hannibal, Mo. with tours, war-related movie showings and special musical events

- 45-Minute tours held daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-18, children 6 and under free
- Live music on the riverfront from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights
- Special ceremony honoring the LST crew at noon, Friday, Aug. 25

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21 through Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

WHERE: Glascock’s Landing, downtown Hannibal, Mo.

INFO: Commissioned on Feb. 1, 1943, The LST-325 participated in the invasion of Sicily before joining the Normandy invasion. Decommissioned for

the first time after Japan surrendered, the LST was reactivated and decommissioned two more times with the final time in December 1999.

Acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc. in 2000, she sailed back across the Atlantic for a final time and now is docked at her

homeport in Evansville, Ind. and serves as a museum and memorial for those who served aboard LSTs. For more information, visit

www.lstmemorial.org.

CONTACT: Beau Hicks, Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau, 573-221-2477, beau@visithannibal.com

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