Veterans honored at LST 325 on Evansville riverfront

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Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 6:13 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2022 at 6:41 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Local veterans were honored Friday morning on Evansville’s historic warship, the LST 325.

The ceremony included words from Evansville Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer, a color guard, ringing of the ship’s bells, taps and bagpipes.

Veterans from across the Tri-State came to celebrate freedom and the legacy of honor associated with serving one’s country. Air Force Veteran, Fred Jochim, attended the ceremony. He says to him, Veterans Day means shining light on the veterans that have served for many years.

“There are just so many people that has helped out this country to keep it the way it is,” said Jochim. “That’s what it means to me.”

Jochim served during the Vietnam War, and his father and uncles served in World War II. He says he’s proud of his service and showed up to honor other heroes. John Brown, U.S. Navy Reserve veteran, drove from Henderson to attend Friday morning’s ceremony.

“Well it’s to honor the ones that have gone before us and I’m a veteran and I spent time on an LST, so that’s why I’m here today,” said Brown.

The museum is open this weekend from noon to 4 p.m.