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History Comes Alive Aboard the USS Kidd

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Children have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about the nation’s history at the USS Kidd. Hands-on learning includes the chance to bunk down for a night aboard the Fletcher-class Navy destroyer docked in downtown Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River. Known as the Pirate of the Pacific, the USS Kidd bears scars of at-sea bombing raids during her time in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II. Exhibits and programs like on-board scavenger hunts provide unforgettable ways to help children better understand the sacrifices made by earlier generations of Americans.

Visitors step back in time as they examine the dented helmet of a soldier who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II, or run their fingers across the names of fallen Americans engraved in granite at the adjacent Louisiana Memorial Plaza. Overnight campers wake to the sounds of Reveille, just as real sailors on the USS Kidd did long ago.

Photo Credit: Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism