The ranks of the Greatest Generation are thinning, as the boys who once liberated Europe and Japan continue to slip from old age into the great beyond.
One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
Many Louisiana sites mark events and sacrifices of the Civil War. The landmarks range from cemeteries to battlefields to museums.
Time-traveling? You may think that’s what’s happening if you’re in the vicinity of Jackson, Louisiana, in late April.
Union and Confederate forces faced each other at Pleasant Hill, near Pelican, Louisiana, on April 9, 1864. To this day, volunteers gather annually to commemorate the events.
She is one of only four Fletcher-class destroyers still in existence that are preserved as museums and the only known destroyer in the world preserved in her World War II configuration.