CAMDEN, NJ  — A special commemorative ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor took place aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Friday.

The Camden County and Gloucester County Freeholder Boards gathered to commemorate the Dec. 7, 1941 surprise attack against the naval base on Pearl Harbor that led to the United State formally entering into World War II.

“We gather on the Battleship, itself launched on the one-year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, to honor the lives of those lost during that fateful day which would ultimately pull the United States into World War II,” said Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs.

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“The Freeholder Board is committed to recognizing the contributions of all service men and women for their patriotism and sacrifice in defense of the United States," Kane said.

The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute and a wreath laying in the Delaware River. 

Veterans from throughout the region joined officials aboard the Battleship to pay tribute to those who were lost during the attacks. Several local veterans of the United States Army and Navy were also honored aboard the ship as recipients of the Camden County Service Medal.