By Hadas Kuznits

VOORHEES, N.J. (CBS) — There was a special recognition ceremony today in Camden County, NJ, to honor local war veterans.

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World War II veteran Morris Dworkin, 92, was among those honored at the Kennedy Health System just ahead of Veterans’ Day.

“To this day I’m still happy to wear my Navy hat,” he notes.

He explained that he was a radar operator aboard ship.

“I did radar, and on the sub chaser I filled in with the sonar, which was the sound to pick up subs,” he explains.

Kennedy Health president and CEO Joe Devine was delighted to host the event.

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“We have a program that focuses on geriatrics, and in this context we always knew that (a lot of) the geriatrics population are veterans,” he said.

Rev. Floyd L. White III, director of Camden County Veterans Affairs, says today’s ceremony was able to reach only a small portion of area veterans.

“There’s 30,510 veterans in Camden County,” he notes, adding that they represented about 70 years’ worth of conflict.  “We have soldiers here from World War II, all the way up to the War on Terror,” he said.

White says the annual ceremony is important because without veterans we wouldn’t have a democracy in this country.

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