All veterans are invited to attend a special ceremony to remember the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, presented by the Camden and Gloucester County Freeholders, at 10:30am on Friday, Dec. 9.
The ceremony, which will take place on the fantail (tented rear deck) of the Battleship, will feature keynote remarks by Con. Donald Norcross, 1st District, NJ, musical performances by Eastern High School Band, singer Maria DiSciullo, and bugler Greg Murphy, a 21 Gun Salute by Marine Corps League 1775 Detachment, salutes to veterans and a wreath presentation to remember those killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. The event is free to attend and there will also be complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and donuts, courtesy of the Camden County Canteen. Free parking in lot #1 across from the BB&T Pavilion and shuttle service will be available.
Enjoy breakfast served from the Battleship’s Chowline, take a tour of the World’s Greatest Battleship, win prizes and meet Santa Claus! The annual Breakfast with Santa aboard the Battleship, presented by 6ABC, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9am to 11am.
Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast served from the Chowline, the same way it was served to sailors of the USS New Jersey.
We’ll also have some fun activities for kids and all guests can enter to win some great prizes. Guests will also meet Santa and have their photo taken with him aboard the Big J! At the end of the breakfast, all guests can experience a Fire Power tour of the Battleship!
Tickets are $18 for children 12 and under and $24 for adults. Active military families will pay just $10 per person. Battleship members get a 20% discount.
During World War II, the ship’s heating was not nearly as good as it is today, try on some of their coats and hats, and see for yourself if you can keep warm. Throughout her history, the ship spent most of her time in warm climates, avoiding the chill by staying near the equator; however, she couldn’t avoid it all together, including a particularly cold commissioning ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia in November of 1950.
Check our actual Navy foul weather gear in the Captain’s In-port Cabin throughout the month of January as part of the Fire Power tour.