What: Hometown Heroes Banner Program 


Where:  Along Plainfield Ave. and Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ


Who: The Hometown Hero Banner Committee, Borough of South Plainfield, American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW Post 6763, Elks Lodge 2298, Joe Sacco

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When: Phase 1: Memorial Day weekend 

             Phase 2: July 4, 2020


Contact: The South Plainfield Hometown Heroes Committee spnjheroes@gmail.com

                 Councilman Derryck White dwhite@southplainfieldnj.com, 908.917.6134

In September 2019, the Borough of South Plainfield, in partnership with American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW Post 6763 and Elks Lodge 2298, along with Joe Sacco, proudly implemented the “Hometown Heroes” program.  In the first phase of the program, banners honoring the fallen were mounted on lampposts along Plainfield Avenue in front of Borough Hall in order to honor and recognize South Plainfield residents who served in the United States military and were killed in combat.

The Hometown Hero program was recently expanded to include a second phase with banners honoring all veterans, whether they are retired, honorably discharged or deceased.  The banners are now displayed on Hamilton Boulevard and will remain up through Veterans’ Day.  

Thank you to all the residents, family members and friends who nominated a South Plainfield veteran and purchased a banner in honor of their service. The Hometown Heroes Banner Committee will be looking forward to announcing a meet and greet in the future with in compliance of Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 guidance.  Details to follow.  “Families will also receive their 8x10 framed photo which was ordered as an option in addition to the Hometown Heroes Banners,” said Councilman Derryck White.  “The placement of the second phase Hometown Heroes Banners has been completed to coincide with Independence Day 2020.”  The response was amazing, with 64 applications received. Based on the number of additional inquiries the Hometown Heroes Banner Committee will be announcing and initiating a third phase of the program by the end of the year. 

The second phase banners are currently displayed along Hamilton Boulevard honoring the following veterans:
Guido J. Abbruzzese
Thomas J. Adams
Mario G. Abbruzzese
TEC4 Paul J. Scalera
Alfred “Buddy” Abbruzzese 
Corporal Anthony P. Scalera 
Dominick Abbruzzese 
Seaman Joseph F. Scalera Jr. 
Robert A. Bengivenga 
Dominick T. Scalera
John A. Bertucci 
Sergeant John P. Zazzara 
Charles F. Butrico Sr. 
Colonel Peter A. Donnelly 
Darryl Allara
Sgt Thomas Neiper
John L. Allara
Ronald Janus
Cpl Walter J. Janus Sr. 
Henry E. Janus
Frederick Raymond Ayers 
Jack English
William H. King
Joseph M. Belardo Sr. 
Andrew J. Forgash
John P. Doherty
PFC Thomas T. Moore Sr. 
David A. Eichler
PFC Thomas T. Moore Jr.
M Sgt. Michael J. Keith
Jay “Doc” Boxwell
SP4 Joseph P. Murano
SSgt Arthur J. O’Mara
Sgt G. Everett Demarest IV 
Sergeant Anthony A. Michalak 
Edward K. Larsen
Frederick D. Meisnest 
James J. Boyle Jr. 
William McLean
Lt. Col. Richard A. Doerr 
Robert Reardon Jr. 
Kenneth E. LaFreniere 
PFC Alfred H. Ranger 
John G. DeAndrea
Sgt Major John McConville 
PFC Frank C. Malecki 
Carmino J. DiMaio
William J. Price
Filmore W. Burgess
Salvatore “Sam” Testa
Veneto J. DeSepio
SoM3c Raymond Joseph Toth 
S. Sgt William A. DeSepio 
E-4 Daniel Uken
Claire Butler
Ira R.Cornelia 
TEC5 Manuel Sanchez
Robert C. Kuchera
Corporal Brian Spisso Jr. 
Specialist Ryan T. Rhoads 
Sgt Jacob Seider
Corporal Vito G.Cosenza 
Sergeant Alfred S. Kravetsky 
BMG3 Dominic Demico


Derryck C. White, Councilman
Chair of Economic Development 
Borough of South Plainfield
Cell: 908-917-6134