’TIS THE SEASON
Visit by general helps veterans celebrate holidays
SPRING CITY >> ‘Tis the season to merry, and that’s exactly what it was at the Southeastern Veterans Center on Thursday.
Residents at the center were visited by Major Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, along with other National Guard members, to help celebrate the holidays.
“We do an event at each one of our veterans’ homes. We have six here in Pennsylvania. We take the afternoon and fan out across the halls and talk to as many veterans as we can,” said Carrelli, who was at the center with about 35 guardsmen.
“It’s a chance for those of us that currently wear the uniform to sit and chat with those who wore it before and to thank them for their service and wish them a happy holiday season. They love seeing the uniform because they remember what it was like and some of them pick up on it right away and you can just see their faces brighten up,” said Carrelli.
Thursday’s festivities included a variety of holiday treats, Christmas music and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City was busy Thursday afternoon as residents celebrated the holiday season with festive music and visits from members of the National Guard.
Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance Thursday at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City. The visit was part of a holiday party for veterans.
Above, members of the National Guard stopped by the Southeastern Veterans Center Thursday to chat with veterans and kick off the holiday season.
Gen. Tony Carrelli speaks with veterans at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City Thursday during a holiday party. He and other guardsmen will be making stops at area veterans center over the next couple of weeks.
Mrs. Claus stops to chat with veterans at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City on Thursday. The center threw a holiday party that included music, holiday treats and lots of Christmas spirit.
At right, music and dancing were just a few fun things that could be seen at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City on Thursday. The holiday party was a chance for residents to socialize and enjoy the holiday season.