Battleship New Jersey remembers lives lost in attacks on Pearl Harbor

Dan Wing
December 07, 2018 - 3:15 pm
An annual remembrance ceremony was held on the Battleship New Jersey on the Delaware River in Camden Friday morning to honor the lives lost in the attacks on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — An annual remembrance ceremony was held on the Battleship New Jersey on the Delaware River in Camden Friday morning to honor the lives lost in the attacks on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago.

World War II veterans from throughout the region were brought in to take part in the annual ceremony, which features members from all branches of the military. After they were honored inside, attention was turned to the battleship's deck where respects were paid to those whose lives were lost in the surprise attacks back in 1941. 

Following a 21-gun salute, the oldest World War II veteran in attendance helped lay a ceremonial wreath, which was dropped over the edge of the ship into the waters below while "Taps" played. 

While these traditions are upheld each year, Camden County Freeholder Bill Moen said there was a unique addition to this year's remembrance.

"We have actually a flag that was flown over the USS Arizona, which is at Pearl Harbor. So we are going to be dedicating that today," he said.

The flag was raised high above the deck after the ceremonies were over, and the veterans who made it to the Battleship New Jersey were honored one final time by the crowd on hand.