CAMDEN, NJ - Admiral William J. Fallon, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral who was the first Navy officer to be appointed Commander of the U.S. Central Command, will speak at a Veterans Day ceremony aboard the Battleship New Jersey.
Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1st Dist.) will join him as a speaker during the ship's Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on the ship's forward deck
Battleship volunteer Nan LaCorte will perform the National Anthem and "Taps" on the bugle. A memorial wreath will be cast onto the Delaware River to remember all veterans who have passed.
Capt. Walt Urban, USN, (ret), the Battleship’s Military Liaison Officer, will serve as master of ceremony for the event.
Fallon, who was raised in Merchantville, and graduated from Villanova University, was the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet from October 2003 to February 2005. He served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from February 2005 until March 2007. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.
Norcross, one of the original board of trustee members who was responsible for getting the USS New Jersey to the Camden Waterfront, has served in Congress for New Jersey’s 1st District, since 2014. Con. Norcross currently serves in a number of leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus, including serving as co-chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force, member of the Steering and Policy Committee, and member of the Communications Committee. Prior to his service in the House. He represented the 5th District in the New Jersey Senate from 2010-14.
Veterans can enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Battleship, which will be open for walk-up tours from 9:30 a.m. with the last tour of the day departing at 3 p.m., on Veterans Day.
This Nov. 11 also marks the 20th anniversary of the USS New Jersey being towed up the Delaware River to the Camden Waterfront. The Battleship wants to share photos of the ship's arrival on social media and the ship's website. If you have a photo of the arrival of the Battleship on Nov. 11, 1999, and can share it, you are being asked to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103.