Battleship North Carolina celebration scheduled for April 9

Battleship North Carolina celebration scheduled for April 9

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Battleship North Carolina will be brought to life by active duty personnel from Camp LeJeune to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ship's commissioning on April 9.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This is a unique event in which Marines and sailors from the 2d Marine Division are volunteering their own time to share their maritime services' history and heritage with the fine people of Wilmington," said Lieutenant Commander Jason M. Constantine, one of the event's organizers.

At 1 p.m., the N.C. Azalea Festival Official Party Entourage will wish the battleship a happy birthday by cutting the official showboat cake on board.

"We are proud to be a part of this very important celebration honoring the history of the Battleship North Carolina," festival president Robby Collins said. "The battleship and the festival have worked closely to support each other for many years, and we are excited to be such a big part of this celebration."

The program is free with battleship admission.

The U.S. Navy commissioned the battleship on April 9, 1941, in the New York Navy Yard.

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