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Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey holds its 10th “Flight”

(Williamstown, NJ) – On Saturday, June 3, Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons presented members Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey with a Proclamation and certificates of commendation at their return dinner held at Williamstown High School.  Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey is the only chapter in New Jersey of the Honor Flight Network.  The Honor Flight Network is a national organization that escorts veterans to Washington DC to view the memorials.

Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey began as a community service project for a small group of special needs students at Williamstown High School and their instructor Pamela Pontano. With the help and support of her husband, Ron Pontano, and many volunteers and community leaders, they started a "hub" for the Honor Flight Network in 2007, one of 130 hubs throughout the United States, and the only one in New Jersey. 

The Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey acts as a bridge that connects the students of Williamstown High School and the veterans by providing opportunity for interaction and understanding between generations. The sole mission of Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey echoes that of the national organization by honoring veterans with a visit to their prospective memorial in Washington DC, free of charge. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, buses are sent all over New Jersey to pick up the veterans, followed by a 6 a.m. breakfast, transportation to DC for guided monument tours and a lavish dinner served upon their return. Pamela and Ron Pontano, WHS students and numerous community leaders, arrange all of this along with residents who give unselfishly of themselves to make sure our surviving veterans are given this unique opportunity.

In Photo:  Honor Flight volunteers Eugene Bonetti, Diana Bonetti, Freeholder Heather Simmons and Peter Gianuzzi