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Kewaunee sets D-Day Remembrance date

Americans will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion next month, and you can honor the sacrifice of thousands of soldiers alongside a vessel that saw it all happen.


The Tug Ludington will be at the center of the City of Kewaunee’s D-Day Remembrance event on June 8th. The tug, known then as the “Major Wilbur Fr. Browder,” towed ammunition barges across the English Channel towards Normandy, France, where over 4,100 Allied troops were killed and more than 5,000 were wounded on D-Day.


After finishing its World War II duties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers docked the tug in Kewaunee in between work at harbors around the Grea Lakes. The city purchased the Tug Ludington for $1 in 1995, an investment Tug Ludington Commitee member Jim Schaller says has been well worth the money.

The D-Day Remembrance event, which coincides with the Spring Door Peninsula Lighthouse Festival orchestrated by the Door County Maritime Museum, will also feature a laying of a wreath at the tug, military vehicle displays, and a ceremony featuring members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The tug is open daily for tours until October 15th, though they will be suspended for about a month in mid-June for the reconstruction of the tug’s mooring bollards.

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