Based on the overwhelming community response to the visiting LST 325 World War II ship, it would be a shame to see its home port moved from Indiana.

The mayor of Evansville says keeping the ship used in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach stationed at the southern Indiana city is a high priority.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said there have been several negotiations with the board of directors for LST 325 on a new deal.

The decommissioned Navy ship's 10-year agreement to moor in Evansville expires in May 2015.

LST spokesman Chris Donahue says Peoria, Ill., and Jeffersonville have shown interest.

Either Jeffersonville or Evansville would offer a suitable setting for a permanent museum.

The LST has been in Madison since late last week and leaves today.

Since its arrival, long lines of visitors have waited to board the floating museum that offers a look at one of the most important pieces of the U.S. military arsenal during WWII.

The ship is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Indiana can't afford to lose this national treasure to another state.

Citizens, military organizations, local and state government, and tourism officials need to work together to keep the LST 325 in Indiana.