The tug Ludington, docked at Harbor Park in Kewaunee, is the centerpiece of a 75th anniversary D-Day Remembrance scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday (June 8).
Commissioned as the Maj. William F. Browder, the tug now known as the Ludington was part of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, when thousands of Allied soldiers stormed German fortifications along the coast of France.
The Browder/Ludington hauled ammunition barges to supply the troops that day.
The ceremony will include speakers and music by the Kewaunee High School Band. Veterans of Foreign Wars plan to hold a brat fry in conjunction with the event, and a display of military vehicles is also planned.
Saturday is a busy maritime history day in Kewaunee. In addition to the ceremony at the Ludington, the Kewaunee County Historical Society is hosting a presentation about lighthouses by retired Coast Guard Capt. Bob Desh, in conjunction with the arrival of the Kewaunee Lighthouse Fresnel lens, which was being moved to the History Center on Thursday after decades of service.
Desh’s program is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the center, 217 Ellis St., Kewaunee.