The NJ Hall of Fame is known for inducting many celebrities (actors, musicians, sports figures, etc.) but did you know they also have Unsung Heroes Awards? This year they honor the crew of the Battleship New Jersey...as well as the man who brought us Sandy Playgrounds.

The NJ Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has been honoring the best of the best from NJ for years now, and this month they are holding their 12th Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 18th (details below on how you can watch it live.)

An Unsung Hero Award will go to the crew of The Battleship New Jersey -- our country's longest and most-decorated battleship. Her crew has protected our state since this ship launced in 1942. The battleship has served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Lebanese Civil War, and in the Persian Gulf.

Also receiving an Unsung Hero Award will be firefighter Bill Lavin, who, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings and our own Superstorm Sandy, founded the Where Angels Play Foundation, which helped build 26 playgrounds in areas of the Jersey Shore destroyed by the superstorm. Each of those playgrounds honors the memory of someone lost Newton, CN.

These Unsung Heroes join over 20 other NJ distinguished citizens (many of them are people you know) who will be officially inducted with an NJHOF award -- the highest civilian honor bestowed by our state!

Honorees for the class of 2019-2020 include:

-- Award-winning actor Ed Harris

-- Former NY Giant Quarterback and 2-time MVP Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning

-- Academy Award-nominated actor Danny Aiello

-- Grammy Award-winning Gospel & Soul singer Cissy Houston

-- Roots and Good Times actor John Amos

-- General Martin Dempsey

To watch this year's NJHOF ceremony on Oct. 18th starting at 7 pm, CLICK HERE or tune into MY9 or NJTV.

To see past winners, including some of your favorite celebrities, CLICK HERE.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring citizens who have made invaluable contribution to society, the State of New Jersey, and the world beyond.NJHOF also aims to teach school children about these significant and impactful role models to show kids that they can, and should, strive for excellence. For more info or to support NJHOF CLICK HERE.

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