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Jenny Awad/The Register: The LST (landing ship tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores.

LST helps Aurora celebrate 200 years

Aurora will continue its bicentennial celebration with One Weekend In September this weekend.

It begins on Friday, Sept. 13 with the LST-325 (landing ship tank) on display at Ferry landing and Third Street. The ship will be open for tours every day from Friday to Monday, Sept. 16.

Tours open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for a tour is $10 for age 18 and over; $5 for ages 6-17; and free for 5 and under.

Visitors will get a glimpse into the nation’s wartime history when the LST-325, a World War II-era Navy ship, visits the city. It is a memorial ship that honors former LST military vessels
The LST (landing ship tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. She weighs 4,080 tons, is 328 feet long and 50 feet wide. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of way and peace, both. His particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during World War II.

The USS LST-325 is the last remaining fully-functioning LST in the country. It served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, in arctic operations, and in the 1950s moved on to be of service in the Greek Navy.

In 2000 it was brought back to the United States where it is now docked for 11 months of the year in Evansville, Ind.

Along with the tours there will be docking port info, veterans dedication, ship facts and figures, and videos.

The LST visit is made possible by the city of Aurora, the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau, and the Lesko Park Veterans Committee. They received a 5,000 grant award from the Civista Charitable Foundation for the USS LST-325 visit.

But that is not the only event happening over the weekend.

On Friday, Sept. 13, a Fall Paint Party will be at Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing St., from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $40 and RSVP to Southeast Indiana Board of Relators, 218 Forth St. The party benefits Safe Passage Inc.

The final Summer Outdoor Movie – “Hotel Transylvania 3” – presented by the Aurora Lions Club will be shown in the Main Street parking lot at about 9 p.m. There will be free admission and free popcorn. Hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday is a full day of activities for all ages.

You can Celebrate Aurora at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts at The Depot, 510 Second St.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be horse drawn trolley tours through downtown with information on the landmarks in town.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Southeast Indiana Art Guild will show off Aurora artists with a display and reception.

Then at 4 p.m., Roy Lambert will portray Dr. Jacob Ebersole at the Aurora High School Museum, 232 Main St.

Ebersole was a well-known Cincinnati surgeon, born May 15, 1820, near Eaton, in Pribble County, Ohio. After he graduated from the University of New York he began medical practice in Aurora where he remained for nearly 20 years. The doctor served during the Civil War, and was at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Lambert, an Aurora historian and Aurora Public Library District employee, has portrayed Ebersole during several Talk About Aurora events, welcoming bus tours at city hall as well as at the Franklin County Public Library District’s Ed Baker Civil War Study Room.

A Stitch in Time Tea will be at 1 p.m. at Hillforest Victorian House Museum. It is a three-course tea, quilt program and exhibit. For reservations, call 812-926-0087, or go to

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 15, a Veterans Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m., consisting of patriotic songs, guest speakers and will be concluded with a B-25 flyover.
The schedule, which is subject to change, is:
Linda Rechtin School of Voice performing.
March of Veterans led by Mark Morton playing bagpipes.
Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.
Firing of three volley by the Korean War Veterans Association Inc. Color Guard.
Taps played by Paul Elliott in memory of his father, Nelson Elliott, all departed veterans and especially those for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
National Anthem sung by Linda Rechtin.
Mayor Donnie Hastings Jr. welcome to the LST captain and presentation of key of the city of Aurora.
Introduction of P.G. Gentrup (emcee) by Mayor Hastings.
Introduction of guest speaker John Popovich, WCPO Channel 9 sportscaster.
Introduction of Nick Ullrich, Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient from the Vietnam War.
Salute to Armed Forces by Linda Rechtin School of Voice.
Thank you to all by Charlotte Hastings.
Introduction of State Rep. Randy Frye.
Conclusion of ceremony with Linda Rechtin leading all in singing “God Bless America.”
B-25 flyover and firing of ships cannon.
Live music by My Brothers Keeper from 4-6:30 p.m.; DJ Adkins/Dave Lewis from 7-9 p.m.

Also on Sunday, BB Riverboats will give three different cruises. A sightseeing cruise will be from 3-4 p.m.; an evening dinner cruise will be form 7:30 to 10 p.m. and an evening sightseeing cruise will also go up and down the river from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The evening will end with fireworks.

There is a cost for all cruises. For reservations, call 855-675-2617. On Monday, Sept. 16, the LST will be open for more tours.

For more information, go to www.

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