August 2, 1998|
South Jersey struts stuff for ship
Friday while the crowd gathered to welcome the USS New Jersey
Battleship Commission to Camden - but it didn't dampen enthusiasm.
The people waved flags, cheered and yelled,
"Bring our battleship home" as a boat carrying commission
members and others neared the dock.
What a show, South Jersey!
Thanks to Tom Corcoran of the Cooper's Ferry
Development Association, who spent untold hours coordinating
events with county, city and independent agencies.
Thanks, too, to the people who showed up,
rain gear in hand, to show the flag and be part of a great day.
Many of them were veterans, proving again when help is needed,
they're the first to stand up and be counted.
And thanks to the Camden County freeholders
for arranging $3.2 million to develop the site if Camden is chosen.
That brings money available for the cause to $4.2 million. Other
agencies have said they will contribute and, if dredging is needed,
the Army Corps of Engineers is ready.
It was impressive. Incidentally, if you didn't
get to the event, a visit to the Waterfront - the E-Centre, Aquarium
or just a stroll along the river - is a worthwhile investment
for the family.
Perhaps the most telling event Friday happened
as the ship carrying the dignitaries approached the dock. It
was dark and rainy elsewhere but the sun broke through the clouds
at just the right moment, as if to make a spotlight for the officials'
point of disembarkation.
We think it means somebody up there agrees
Camden's the only logical location for the grand old ship.