ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL FOR ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL ABOARD BATTLESHIP

Woodland String Band, Miss NJ, Football Game to Welcome Troops aboard the Big J!

DATE: Thursday, November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day)

TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm

PLACE: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 62 Battleship Place, Camden Waterfront, NJ 08103

DETAILS: The Battleship New Jersey, in partnership with Camden County Veterans Affairs, the Camden County Board of Freeholders, US Family Health Plan, Holtec International, and Andreotti’s Catering will offer active military personnel from Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Dover Air Force Base and the other military personnel in the area who are away from their families a full-course turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Over 200 troops are expected to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal, served by volunteers in the Battleship’s crew’s mess (onboard cafeteria).

Further, upon arrival, these special guests will be treated to the Mummer Sounds of Woodland String Band on the pier, and a meet-and-greet by Miss New Jersey 2015, Care Packages, courtesy
of GI Go Fund, game tickets and shirts from the Philadelphia 76ers and music by DJ Stewart Balsham during their meals. Upon boarding the Battleship, a special Welcome Ceremony, featuring remarks by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Sen. Don Norcross, and Battleship Board of Trustee member Patricia Egan Jones, and other dignitaries, as well as singing
performances by local singers, will take place on the fantail (tented rear deck). Military personnel will then be led by Battleship volunteers to the chowline for their turkey dinner, which they will eat in the crew’s mess. After meals, the troops are invited to watch the Eagles-Lions football game on big screens, courtesy of Starlite Productions, and enjoy pie, donated by River Winds Catering,
on the fantail. The cable hook-up for the game was provided by Comcast.

Residents are invited to greet and welcome the troops and homeless veterans on the pier. There’s free parking in lot #1, across from the BB&T Pavilion, formerly Susquehanna Bank Center, courtesy of the Camden Parking Authority, as well as free shuttle service provided by South Jersey Transportation Authority. There will also be complimentary hot chocolate and coffee, courtesy of the Camden County Canteen. Guests should be on the pier at 10am.

PHOTO OPP: Military Personnel Greeted by Local Residents On the Pier of the Battleship

PARTNERS Include US Family Health Plan, Holtec International, Andreotti’s Catering, Philadelphia 76ers, DJ Stewart Balsham, Balloon Celebrations, Food Circus Supermarkets, Lamp Post Diner,
Philadelphia Media Network, Horizon Services, Camden Parking Authority, South Jersey Transportation Authority, Woodland String Band, River Winds Catering, Starlite Productions
and Comcast Cable.

Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Black “Dragon” Friday, Nov. 28, through December. Consult the Battleship’s website for a schedule. The Battleship also offers overnight for youth groups and families, special group and student tours and event rentals with a full catering menu. For more information on the ship’s many programs, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.