The operator of the Battleship New Jersey Memorial and Museum honored three local women Tuesday for their contributions to the historic ship and the community.
The Home Port Alliance, a nonprofit group that runs the museum, honored the trio at a luncheon held as part of Women's History Month.
Those recognized for their contributions:
The guest speaker at the event was Col. Maria Morgan, the state's first female deputy adjutant general, who oversees the 9,000 men and women in the New Jersey National Guard.
Calling women a "formidable force," she said, "they should not be afraid of taking on new challenges because they might make a mistake."
The battleship, now a floating museum on the Camden Waterfront, is the most highly decorated ship in Navy history. A new war was on the minds of many at Tuesday's ceremony there.
"Today we stand on the brink of military action," said Morgan, who has been selected to become the first female general in the New Jersey National Guard. "These men and women serving are your neighbors. So whenever you see a person in military uniform, please thank them."