VIDEO: South Jersey Honors Pearl HarborPosted:
CAMDEN - 74 years ago, the attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base killed thousands. Veterans and civilians alike gathered near the water once more, at the Battleship New Jersey to honor those lives lost on the date which will live in infamy.
U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross gave the commemorative address and military men gave a 21 gun salute to those who served our great country in World War II.
Patriotic music was played throughout the ceremony by the Eastern High School Band and South Jerseyans were invited to pay tribute by laying wreaths into the Delaware River.
"The wreath being thrown into the river is commemorative of a burial at sea," said Greg Murphy, Bugles Across America. "It's the same thing that would happen when a serviceman dies at sea - burial at sea, so this is to honor them, people who lost their lives at sea."
It's a symbolic day for the Battleship New Jersey as well, which was launched into service one year after the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Another Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony was held down the shore. The North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars held the ceremony next to Saint Demetrios Church, where veterans from World War II and other battles were recognized.
First District Assemblyman Bob Andrzjcak and Assembly Elect Bruce Land, both United States Military Veterans, made remarks, along with local Wildwood Officials. The ceremony ended with a wreath throw into the ocean, remembering those who lost their lives on that Hawaiian naval base 74 years ago.
There was also a wreath-laying ceremony in Monroe Township, where volunteers and veterans gathered Saturday morning at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery to lay wreaths on every single grave in the cemetery.
The morning began with a ceremony and dedication, before volunteers lent a helping hand, in distributing the nearly 2,300 wreaths. The tradition, now in its 6th year, was made possible by the organizations such as, People for People of Gloucester County, the Veterans Advisory Committee, Lora and Rich Gess, and the Glassboro Rotary Club.
SNJ Today is a Southern New Jersey news and information source based in Millville, New Jersey that is dedicated to providing current stories related specifically to South Jersey.