SPRINGFIELD, NJ -  In an effort to promote the ties between the township and its veterans, Tuesday's township committee meeting featured a member of American Legion Post 228 in Springfield leading the pledge of allegiance.

Dave Penna was the lucky member chosen to recite the pledge. His appearance marks the second implementation of the program, with the first appearance of an American Legion member doing the pledge coming at last month's meeting.

"It's a new pilot program...and we are proud to be able to and allowed to do the pledge of allegiance at township committee meetings going forward," Penna said.

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Along with being able to honor the country that they served, Penna also said the group hopes that this project will be a springboard for veterans in the community to reach out to the American legion about membership.

Penna added, "We also want to make the local residents of Springfield know that there is an American legion available to veterans locally to join and be a part of,"

Following Penna's appearance, the plan is to continue rotating members to come and say the pledge at each meeting through the rest of the year and beyond.