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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 Tuesday, Dec. 5.
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. Battleship Board of Trustee Member Perry Levine will receive the Peter Molnar Award, presented to a veteran helping other veterans.
The event is free to attend and there will also be complimentary coffee and hot chocolate, courtesy of the Camden County Canteen. Free parking, provided by the Camden Parking Authority, in Lot #1, across from BB&T Pavilion, and shuttle service, donated by South Jersey Transportation Authority, will be available.
Kids: Win a prize when you pull the Battleship’s rubber duck – our very own Captain Quack — from the pond, or in our case; a large bucket! Each Captain Quack is worth a prize, including Battleship Dog Tags. Beach Balls, postcards or pencils. The contest will take place in the Gift Shop of the Battleship and will run Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, respectively, as well as Easter Weekend.
Also, all kids who stop in the Battleship Gift Shop will get a free Easter Marshmallow Peep, courtesy of Just Born Candies! Good while supplies last.
Experience Vietnam War artifacts, re-enactors, veteran interviews and even late 1960s music over the pier’s PA during the Battleship’s annual Vietnam War Living History Day, Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 3pm.
Vietnam artifacts will be available for guests to check out in the Officers’ Wardroom, while re-enactors will be throughout the ship. Our curatorial staff will also interview Vietnam vets, who will share their experiences during the war. All activities are free for guests to experience with the purchase of a Turret II guided tour or a Fire Power audio tour.
The Battleship welcomes any Vietnam War artifact or military vehicle owner or re-enactor to participate in this annual event. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-877-6262 ext. 144.
The USS New Jersey was commissioned for Vietnam on April 6, 1968. She was the only battleship that saw action off the coast of Vietnam in 1968. Guests touring the Battleship can experience an exhibit that features her commission as part of the Battleship’s Fire Power Tour.
The Camden County Freeholder Board and Gloucester County Freeholder Board will mark the 78th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Each year we gather to honor those who served and lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on the fateful day that threw the U.S. into World War II,” said Freeholder Bill Moen. “The Freeholder Board invites all county residents to the Battleship to reflect on the contributions of the men and women, past and present, who have faithfully served our nation.”
The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.