[Photo Story] Vets honored at CLSD breakfast, National Guard head speaks

4 min read653 views and 75 shares Posted November 14, 2019

Veterans Day recognition continued on Wednesday at Cornwall-Lebanon School District’s annual breakfast held in honor of those who have served.

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All photos by LebTown photographer Will Trostel.

This complimentary breakfast was open to veterans who reside within the Cornwall-Lebanon School District (CLSD). Also invited were the veterans and active duty members from the families and employees of CLSD.

Dr. Philip Domencic, superintendent of the district, welcomed guests upon arrival to the Cedar Crest Middle School cafetorium, where the event was held. A selection of patriotic tunes was provided by the Cedar Crest Middle School Falcon Ensemble prior to Domencic’s convocation.

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At the Nov. 13 event, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general (commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard), was the featured guest and speaker.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli listens to other speakers at Wednesday’s veterans recognition breakfast at Cedar Crest Middle School.

Gen. Carrelli has held the cabinet level position since being appointed acting adjutant general in Jan. 2016 and then officially nominated & confirmed in June of that year. In this role, Carrelli is responsible for the command, control, and supervision of Pennsylvania’s National Guard units.

Throughout the ceremony, veterans and active service members were recognized for their contributions.

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Active members of the military were asked to stand and be honored.
Members of Cedar Crest’s staff were also honored as veterans during the event.

Also involved in the event were students from Cedar Crest who will shortly begin careers in the military.

Kyrah Leeper, a member of Cedar Crest’s Civil Air Patrol, speaks during Friday’s event. Her sister, Ciarah (not pictured), was a member of the Honor Guard.
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Cedar Crest High School seniors who are currently enlisting to the military speak about why they chose to join the military for a career.
Five members of Cedar Crest’s 2020 graduating class have chosen to enter the military.

Getting special recognition from the assembly were the select group of World War Two veterans in attendance.

A small group of WWII veterans was also present during Wednesday’s event.

Students of all ages participated in the CLSD event. Students from South Lebanon Elementary School were in attendance to hand out “Thank You” cards to the guests of honor.

Carrelli took the stage afterwards and spoke about the importance of remembering veterans and honoring our current service personnel.

Carrelli played a short video during the ceremony highlighting the scope and bravery of America’s armed services personnel.
Carrelli speaks from behind the podium on the Cedar Crest Middle School cafetorium stage.
Carrelli shakes hand with Domencic after the speech.

Towards the end of the event, the Cedar Crest High School Choir performed a version of “Taps” while the color guard retired the flag.

It was yet another chance for Lebanon County to honor those who have served, and between the turnout at the event and the decorations placed around the school, a clear reminder to veterans living in CLSD that their service has been recognized and appreciated.

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This article has been updated to correctly identify the speaker from the Civil Air Patrol. We sincerely regret the error.

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