POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 5:24pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Today marks 30 years since the USS KIDD opened its doors to the public -a memorial honoring the men and women of our armed forces.
Since that day, it's become the centerpiece of downtown Baton Rouge.
The KIDD, known as the “Pirate of the Pacific”, continues to bring history to life for the young and young at heart.
“It's like a memory to give the kids - the younger kids,” stated employee Tracy Lewis. “The memory of something this country has gone through and a part of history.”
"Thirty-eight were killed on the ship during World War II. It was a kamikaze attack off of Okinawa," said executive director Maury Drummond.
It’s an attack and a part of history that Drummond hopes people will never forget. Which is why today, admission was free.
"It's important for people to see our history - the people in the Navy and the military - to see how things were years ago,” said visitor Daniel Newton.
Drummond said that we need to respect our past in order to define our future. He also said that the Americans who gave their lives for our freedom deserve more than just days like today.
"We were in a war on two fronts really. It's a situation we just want people to remember - not just days like today,” stated Drummond. “We appreciate all of the sacrifices of men and women who went for us."
If you'd like to visit the USS KIDD, it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.