BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge’s cherished USS KIDD Veterans Museum gave free admission to veterans and their families in celebration of Veterans Day. Including US Army Veteran Douglas Mayer who is in town from New York.

“It’s nice to see the veterans get recognized,” Mayer said. “I’m a big fan of World War II so just to see this restored to its World War II era outfitting is kind of exciting to me, not to just read about it or watch it on TV but to be able to touch it and kind of immerse yourself in it is kind of cool.”

Even volunteers came to show their support by cleaning the Louisiana Memorial Plaza including Triton Cares Jonathan Perret.

“We came and scrubbed and cleaned up the memorial here real good for today,” Perret said with his team behind him. “As back-breaking as some of that work can be it’s not near what the veterans went through and sacrifices that they’ve made.”

On top of the USS KIDD connections are being made across the country with the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club.

“We have fun and we tell the people that are veterans that we appreciate being veterans,” said Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club President Marvin Owen. “It makes us all feel grateful that somebody out there has been doing service for all of us.”

It was a busy museum for all that wanted to celebrate. And for anyone looking to give back next year, Perret said it is absolutely worth it.

“It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference you know, it doesn’t have to be anything groundbreaking you know every little bit matters from serving food to veterans to cleaning up a memorial center like this every little bit helps,” Perret said.