Historical events are coming to Chester

A lot of history will be on display in Chester this weekend.

From Sept. 6-10, the city is honored to have the USS LST 325 Ship Memorial on display at the riverfront.

The LST (Landing Ship Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both.

This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the Second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy.

It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught considerable public attention when its veteran crew of 29 men, with an average age of 79 years, brought it on a 6,500 mile journey from the Greek island of Crete, across the Atlantic to Mobile, Alabama.

This amazing piece of history will visit the Chester riverfront with an encampment, displays, tours and is a wonderful piece of history.

For more events happening in Chester, please see this week’s print edition.