Here’s looking at you, Kidd

Photo provided by the USS Kidd -- Flags fly in front of the USS Kidd on Flag Day.
Photo provided by the USS Kidd -- Flags fly in front of the USS Kidd on Flag Day.

Happy anniversary, USS Kidd.

You’ve been a part of the Baton Rouge community for 30 years, and now it’s time to celebrate.

And the Kidd’s staff will do just that on Tuesday when they fly flags and serve up refreshments.

“They’ll be small refreshments, but we wanted to do something to show how much we appreciate the Baton Rouge community,” says Alex Juan, administrative assistant and spokeswoman. “In the past 30 years, a lot of things went into keeping us afloat.”

And the Kidd continues welcoming visitors at its spot along the downtown levee, its home since Aug. 27, 1983.

The USS Kidd, known as the “Pirate of the Pacific,” is a historic Fletcher-class destroyer. It not only is open for tours but serves as the centerpiece of a memorial that honors the men and women of the United States armed forces.

“Admission will be free to both the USS Kidd and its museum for the community on Aug. 27,” Juan says. “And we’ll be flying all the flags that day.”

“We want to show our appreciation to the incredible community for keeping us afloat for the past 30 years by welcoming all visitors aboard for free,” adds Maury Drummond, USS Kidd Veterans Memorial executive director.

The Kidd is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission on all other days is $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, military; and $5 for children age 5-12. Children younger than age 5 are admitted free.

For more information, call (225) 342-1942.

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