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The Battleship New Jersey raised the flag of the Red Cross on March 1 and will fly the flag over the ship throughout the month of March for Red Cross Month. The Battleship will also be lit throughout March.
The Battleship kicked off Red Cross Month with a virtual ceremony on Facebook on March 1. In addition to raising the flag, the ceremony including the performance of the National Anthem by Battleship volunteer and bugler Nan LaCorte, the firing of the portside saluting gun and a memorial wreath casting for Red Cross staff member Laura Steinmetz, who was instrumental in organizing the Red Cross annual kick-off events aboard the Battleship.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 75 years. Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943, every U.S. President has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.