The Charleston Metro Band will present a free concert 5 p.m. Saturday at Haddad Riverfront Park as part of a welcome for the LST 325, a World War II ship that will dock at the riverfront today through Tuesday.
Concert music will include Navy pieces such as "Navy Blue and Gold" and "Anchors Aweigh" along with World War II-era songs such as "I've Got Rhythm," "String of Pearls" and military marches.
The LST 325, a 328-foot vessel that serves as the only traveling museum ship in the country. The ships were built in the 1940s to serve in the war and they carried tanks, troops, ammunition and equipment to European shores. Most of the 1,051 ships like it that were built were eventually scrapped or given to other countries. But 50 Navy veterans went to Greece to save the LST 325 in 2000. A crew of 50 volunteers takes time out each year to tour with the ship. Ticket prices help to fund the expenses.
Tours will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day the ship is here. Cost is $10 for adults, $20 for families, $5 for children and $3 for students.