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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, which has been designated as Battleship New Jersey Day in the State
of New Jersey.
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 www.facebook.com/BattleshipNJ.
Media members are invited to come aboard the forecastle (forward deck) for the ceremony. The
media members attending must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
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: https://youtu.be/kDOFBGIf6Uo
The Battleship also adds content to our YouTube channel nearly every day. Please subscribe to the
free YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/battleshipnewjersey. For more information, visit