Brigadier General Tony Carrelli, Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will be the featured speaker at a ceremony hosted by Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) to honor veterans who served during the Vietnam era.
The ceremony be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 19, at the Laurel Highlands High School Auditorium, 304 Bailey Avenue. Uniontown, PA.
Brigadier General Tony Carrelli assumed duties as the adjutant general on June 29, 2016. In this cabinet-level position with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap,
Brig. Gen. Carrelli is responsible for command, control and supervision of National Guard units – Army and Air – allocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, six state-owned veterans’ homes and programs for Pennsylvania’s more than 894,000 veterans.
“We are so honored to have the Adjutant General at this ceremony, to honor local soldiers who served our country,” Stefano said. “His service to our state and nation is a tribute to all those who serve in our military, and we look forward to his presentation.”
The commemorative event will be held in conjunction with the Department of Defense as part of a nationwide tribute to Vietnam era veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war.
A special Vietnam veteran’s lapel pin has been produced as part of the program and will be distributed to attending veterans and widows of Vietnam era veterans.
“The heroes who served during Vietnam faced incredible dangers and made incredible sacrifices,” Stefano said. “In many cases, returning veterans were not given the respect they deserved following their service. I am hopeful that these events will serve as a reminder that their efforts are deeply appreciated.”
In order to be recognized at the event and receive the commemorative pin, a recipient must be a United States military veteran who served on active duty at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location.