UPDATE SHIP WILL BE IN TOWN BETWEEN 5:30 a.m. and 6 A.M.
According to organizers, the LST-325 is now expected to travel pass Ambridge between 5:30 a.m and 6 a.m.
Laughlin Memorial Library posted via facebook that the library will still have a reception beginning at 7:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. a presentation of the history of the LST given by author, historian, and LST Navy Veteran, Gary Augustine, will follow. The program is free, but anyone who plans to attend the lecture is requested to RSVP by calling the library at 724-266-3857.
Written by Borough of Ambridge
On September 1, 2015 the LST-325 (Landing Ship Tank) is sailing to Pittsburgh on the Ohio River past Ambridge, the community that proudly built 123 LST's to support the war effort.
Two local Ambridge history buffs and business owners, Bob Mikush and Mark Pazzannita are planning a reception to honor the LST-325 by hanging a banner on the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge, encouraging people to congregate and wave as the ship passes by and by organizing a lecture by local author and historian, Gary Augustine at the Laughlin Memorial Library in Ambridge at 11AM on September 1.
Mr. Augustine is a 1956 graduate of Ambridge High School and a 1960 graduate of the University of Chicago. He served in the US Navy and on board an LST.
The LST anticipates sailing past Ambridge and under the bridge sometime between 8AM and 11AM, depending on visibility and weather. For more information call Laughlin Memorial Library at 724-266-3857
Winston Churchill stated: " The destinies of two great empires seemed to be tied up on some God damned things called LST's."
This is a triumph of American history and it happened in Ambridge. Join the community in welcoming the ship and crew from the bridge!
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