CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ -- The Battleship New Jersey, in partnership with Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will offer homeless veterans and active military personnel from Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base a full-course  turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. 


“It is an honor to host our military heroes on this holiday,” said Patricia Egan Jones, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship and Camden County Surrogate.  “To see the community come together to help these men and women who are either away from home or do not have a home, is truly an inspiration as we begin the holiday season.”


The meal will be prepared by Andreotti’s Catering and served by volunteers from the Battleship on the historic fantail (tented rear deck) at approximately 11:30am.  The troops and veterans will arrive at approximately 10:30am. A brief welcoming ceremony will take place on the fantail before dinner is served.


Residents are invited to welcome and cheer on our heroes from the pier of the Battleship, which will be open for guests at 10am.  Free parking is available in lot #1, across from the Susquehanna Bank Center, courtesy of the Camden Parking Authority.  Entertainment from the Original Trilby String Band and refreshments of hot chocolate and coffee, supplied by the Canteen, will be available for guests on the pier.  


After their meals, the military guests will be treated to music from DJ Stewart Balsham, an appearance by Miss New Jersey and more!


“To provide the troops and veterans a fun Thanksgiving and the opportunity to show our thanks for what

they have done and what they will do is such a pleasure for all of us,” added Rev. Floyd White, Director, Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs.  “It’s a terrific chance to give back to them for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for our country.”

The Thanksgiving Dinner for active military personnel and homeless veterans would not be possible without the help of event partners – Philadelphia 76ers, U.S. Family Health Plan, the Spevak Family, Barb’s Harley Davidson, PJ Whelihan Restaurants, South Jersey Magazine, DJ Stewart Balsham, Bodek and Rhoades, and Balloon Celebrations.                                                          

Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey is a  non-profit historic ship museum and memorial that offers tours every day through October 31, and Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a few special weekdays, through December.  

Consult the Battleship’s website for a schedule.  The Battleship also offers overnight encampments for youth groups and families, special group and student tours and event rentals with a full catering menu.  

For more information on the  ship’s many programs, visit: www.battleshipnewjersey.org.


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