PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A South Jersey community is commemorating the 225th anniversary of the first manned flight in America.

Hot air balloons were on display at the Deptford Township’s recreation center.

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Two hundred and twenty-five years ago Jean Pierre Blanchard completed the first air voyage in American history. He flew a hot air balloon from Philadelphia and landed in Deptford Township.

Thursday’s event featured a coloring and essay contest where students showed their work depicting the balloon flight.

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Faatima Jamaladdin who won an award, along with with her mother Tameka and family.
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Faatima Jamaladdin, 13, won an award for her essay and says winning was a pleasant surprise.

“It’s really exciting because I didn’t know I was going to win,” she said.