81 Years Since Hindenburg’s Crash

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LAKEHURST – The Navy Lakehurst Historical Society will again hold a ceremony in remembrance of the crash of the Hindenburg that claimed 36 people in 1937.

While the actual anniversary of the crash is May 6, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will be booked with the Power In The Pines Open House Air Show that runs Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, the remembrance ceremony will be held on May 9, said Carl Jablonski, president of the historical society.

Memorabilia from the Hindenburg and airship history is on display at the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. (Photo courtesy Navy Lakehurst Historical Society)

Not everyone is aware of the history that happened right in their back yard, he said. That’s why it’s so important to keep the memory alive.

“Yesterday’s history is today’s news,” he said.

Due to base security, the event will not be open to the public. Those who are invited have a connection to the event, and hopefully these ceremonies provide a sense of closure for them, he said. In a broader sense, the ceremony remembers those who died serving in the armed forces.

“This is a chance to reflect, to remember those who made the sacrifice and hope this doesn’t happen again,” he said. “Let’s have peace in the world.”

Last year for the 80th anniversary, Micromedia Publications covered every aspect of the disaster and the anniversary. Visit our coverage page by clicking here.