All aboard! Last week, from Sept. 28-Oct. 3, visitors had the chance to stand on the deck of a World War II-era ship that took part in the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day. The vessel, currently docked at Sawyer Point's Public Landing, is a 328-foot landing ship designated LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 325 that is capable of transporting 20 Sherman tanks in the hold and, on the main deck, 30-40 trucks, fuel, ammunition, supplies and soldiers — enough firepower to turn the tides of conflict at a global scale. Visitors were able to catch a glimpse of where soldiers readied themselves for battle across a number of major military campaigns, including the Korean War and Vietnam conflicts.
Keep scrolling for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into history.