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BATTLESHIP CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER COMMISSIONING

 

BATTLESHIP CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY

                  OF HER COMMISSIONING

Governors, Tiffany Silver, Former Crewmembers, 5-inch Gun Fire and Cake Part of Ceremony

May 21, 2013 – Camden Waterfront, NJ -- The Battleship New Jersey Museum and

Memorial will celebrate the 70th anniversary of her commissioning into the United

States Navy with a ceremony on her forecastle at 11am on Thursday, May 23.

 

Highlights of the ceremony will include remarks by former New Jersey Governors James

J. Florio and Christine Todd Whitman, both of whom were instrumental in securing the

Battleship New Jersey as a museum and memorial on the Camden Waterfront.  Both

governors are also Honorary Trustees of the Home Port Alliance for the USS New

Jersey, Inc.

 

“To have both governors present at this ceremony is truly an honor,” said Phil Rowan,

Executive Director of the Battleship New Jersey.  “The process of applying for the

berth of the Battleship began many years ago and if not for the support of both these

governors, she would not be docked at the Camden Waterfront and available for the

thousands of guests to tour her and learn about her amazing history.”

 

Also planned for the 70th Anniversary Ceremony will be remarks from crew members

who served aboard the Big J in the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1980’s.  The ceremony

will also feature the reading of Gov. Charles Edison’s speech during the launch of the

USS New Jersey from Philadelphia Navy Yard on Dec. 7, 1942 by John P. Keegan,

President of the Edison Foundation.  Mr. Keegan will also bring and display the sterling

silver champagne bottle case that was used to christen the USS New Jersey by Gov. Edison’s wife in 1942,

The Battleship will also have on display several pieces of the Tiffany Silverware, on

loan from the New Jersey Governor’s mansion.  The Presentation Silver Service will be

available for inspection by guests attending the ceremonyin the Captain’s In-Port Cabin.

The silver presentation, made possible by the US Navy, the Drumthwacket Foundation, and Governor Chris Christie and wife, will be included for a limited time for guests to experience as part of a Battleship tour.

The ceremony will end with the playing of Kate Smith’s “God Bless America,” the firing

of the portside 5-inch gun and cake for all guests!  Live patriotic music for the ceremony will be performed by the Patriot Brass Ensemble and colors will be presented by the United States Marines Honor Guard. 

The ceremony is free for all guests to attend.

Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City of

Philadelphia, the Battleship is open every day for tours from 9:30am to 5pm. Explore

the new Turret II Experience! Hoist projectiles, load powder bags, plot afiring solution,

even pull the trigger and fire these legendary guns!  Guided Turret II tours launch

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm.  To purchase tickets, visit

www.battleshipnewjersey.org. For more information, call 866-877-6262.

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