Facebook Live Ceremony to Feature Wreath Ceremony & 5” Gun Shoot  

TIME:            10am, Saturday, May 23, 2020

DETAILS:       The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will celebrate the 77th anniversary of her

commissioning into the U.S. Navy with a Facebook Live ceremony on her forecastle at 10am

on Saturday, May 23.


The Commissioning ceremony will feature Capt. Walt Urban, USN (ret), who once served

aboard the USS New Jersey.  Capt. Urban will talk about the commissioning and history of the

USS New Jersey.  Battleship volunteer Nan LaCorte will perform the bugle and play the

National Anthem, and TAPs as a memorial wreath is casted upon the Delaware River for fallen

shipmates.  The ceremony will conclude with a salute from the Battleship’s 5-inch gun.


Since the Battleship remains closed for tours due to the coronavirus, the ceremony will be shown

on Facebook Live at


Media members are invited to come aboard the forecastle (forward deck) for the ceremony.


PHOTO OPP:  Memorial Wreath Casted on to the Delaware River from the Battleship and 5-inch Gun Shoot


Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the city of  Philadelphia,

the Battleship is currently closed for tours due to the coronavirus.  The ship will reopen once it’s

deemed safe by the state of New Jersey.  Even though our nation’s most decorated battleship is

closed, people can still experience a virtual tour from home! Visit:

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