Pa Adjutant General: Memorial Day is much more than the start to summer

Written by Rachel McDevitt | May 28, 2017 7:57 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial start to summer, but the head of Pennsylvania's National Guard says it's much more than that.

State Adjutant General Tony Carrelli says Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember all the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces.

Carrelli says when he was young, he used to see the holiday as just another day off from school, but his view has changed after losing friends in the military.

He says people sometimes tell him they feel bad for him having to go through that.

"I throw that right back at them, and I say don't feel sorry for me. I feel sorry for you that you never got to know these people," Carrelli said. "Great, great Americans who loved what they did, loved serving their country, were very happy to do it."

Carrelli suggests observing Memorial Day by attending a ceremony at a national cemetery, reaching out to a family who has lost a loved one in the military, or simply saying thank you to a veteran.

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