Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) hosted his 8th Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, November 2rd at the Upper Perkiomen High School located on 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073. Just over 400 individuals attended the event which included veterans, veterans’ guests, exhibitors and speakers. You can watch the breakfast by visiting https://pasen.wistia.com/medias/1kbahvg8of.
The event featured special guest Major General Anthony J. Carrelli who is the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. General Carrelli is responsible for the 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 nearly 800,000 veterans. In addition, Kate Ames Schartel Novak who was crowned 2019 Mrs. Pennsylvania International and Ms. Ashlyn Riccione who was crowned 2019 Miss Pennsylvania International gave remarks. The blessing was given by Dr. Jim Arcieri and the benediction was given by (RET) Air Force Colonel Tony Cardona.
Veterans also enjoyed patriotic songs performed by the Upper Perkiomen High School Women’s Choir. Attendees were also able to obtain veteran identification cards from the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds and the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds.
Various organizations were available to provide veterans with information and services, including: Bucks County Vet Center, General Carl A. Spaatz National USAAF Museum, Jack Budnick’s Military Memorabilia Display, the Korean War Memorial America – Korea Alliance Peace Park, Korean Vietnam War Veterans of Pennsylvania, National Guard Transition Assistance Program, Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor Program, Inc., Valley Forge Military Academy and College, and Veterans Brotherhood.