CAMDEN CITY, NJ--December 6, 2022)--The Camden County Board of Commissioners will join the Office of Veterans Affairs, members of the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners, and local veterans on Wednesday, December 7, at the Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden City to honor the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Starting time 10 AM.
Wednesday marks the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a military base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Within just two hours, 18 US warships had been sunk or damaged, 188 aircrafts were destroyed and 2,403 American servicemen and women were killed. The attack marked the beginning of the United States involvement in World War II.
“This day is meant to honor the survivors of that event, as well as pay tribute to all veterans who lost their lives for this country,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “As FDR said, ‘December 7 is a day that will live in infamy.’ It was a day that our country, and the entire world, changed forever. This event is the least we could do to show our respect for the bravery of the countless men and women who have been lost serving their country in events such as Pearl Harbor.”
The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Peter Molnar Award to Pam and Ron Pontano, the organizers of Honor Flight New Jersey. The award is presented yearly at the Pearl Harbor Ceremony and is presented to people who are significantly involved with veterans activities in the county and across the state.
Honor Flight New Jersey has helped transport over 1,400 Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit various memorials since 2008.
“Pam and Ron go above and beyond to serve veterans in Camden County and across the state of New Jersey,” Kane said. “Their contributions are immeasurable, and for that we honor them with the Peter Molnar Award.”