The New Jersey Hall of Fame has just announced this years “Unsung Heroes” for the 12th Annual NJHOF Ceremony. The NJHOF award is one of the highest honors for those who have been lucky to enough to New Jersey their home. This year these two honorees have gone above and beyond for the Garden State and its residents. The Crew of the Battleship New Jersey and Bill Lavin were chosen to be inducted in October 18 to join the other inductees who were nominated in the other categories.
The Crew of the Battleship New Jersey was home to 55,000 sailors and marines throughout a span 48 years (1943-1991). Not only was the Battleship New Jersey one of the longest running vessels seeing action from World War II to Korean War to the Vietnam War. It was the only United States battleship providing gunfire support during the Vietnam War.
“Those who worked and served on the Battleship New Jersey continue to educate and inspire future generations,” said Phil Rowan, CEO of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. “I’m grateful to the New Jersey Hall of Fame for bestowing this well-deserved honor of our crew.”
The second inductee is Bill Lavin who has touched the hearts of New Jersians through times of crisis. Serving as the president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and the founder of Where Angels Play Mr. Lavin has made NJ a better place to live. The foundation was responsible for building 26 playgrounds across New Jersey after Super Storm Sandy. The number 26 was to honor and represent the 26 lives lost during the Sandy Hook Shooting that devastated the country. In addition, Mr. Lavin has fought for the rights NJ’s Firefighters, EMT’s, and Dispatchers speaking at the NJ State House back in 2011.
“I’m sure there are thousands of New Jersey folks who would be more worthy to join the amazing collection of New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees,” says Mr. Lavin. “But I am proud to accept this honor on behalf of all the Angels and their families we are blessed to celebrate, the firefighters I was privileged to represent and the countless ‘army of angels’ who comprise the Where Angels Play Foundation.”
The New Jersey Hall of Fame will be aired Live at 7pm on October 18, 2020. The one hour program will induct this year’s other nominations such as Eli Manning, Danny Aiello, and Cissy Houston. To watch the ceremony, visit facebook.com/NewJerseyHallofFame or tune into MY9 or NJTV.