Holiday Salute For Veterans at Gino Merli Center

SCRANTON -- The Gino J. Merli Veteran's Center in Scranton had some special visitors throughout the building.

Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's Adjutant General and fellow members of the Pennsylvania Air and Army National Guard visited many veterans at the center.

"He's like a regular guy and for him to come through the ranks and still have that is fantastic," said Clifford Davies.

The Gino Merli Center was the first of six veteran's centers that Gen.  Carrelli will visit before the holiday.

Gen. Carrelli and service members spent individual time on Monday with many veterans during the center's holiday party.

There were even presents donated through Boscov's Angel Tree program at The Marketplace at Steamtown.

Davies tells Newswatch 16 the holidays are difficult for him, since the passing of his wife Elaine, but he is grateful he was able to speak with the general.

"I'm lucky because my kids are here but just to know there is somebody to talk to if you had a problem that's the best thing," said Davies.

For the general and the other service members, this visit was all about honoring the sacrifice of the veterans who came before them.

"You can walk down these halls and talk to these veterans about when they served," said Brig. Gen. Anthony Carrelli.

The Merli Center is still collecting presents for their Angel Tree which goes directly to veterans.

Organizers say it's not too late to help put a smile on a veterans face for the holiday season.