’TIS THE SEA­SON

Visit by gen­eral helps vet­er­ans cel­e­brate hol­i­days

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHO­TOS BY MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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.

PHO­TOS BY MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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.

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