Every year for 31 years, since the work of organizing the event was taken up by the late Ina Mick, members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 have held a banquet in honor of "hometown heroes."
The event is held in association with the national VFW organization which, since 1921, has designated it as Loyalty Day.
In 1989 Ina's son-in-law and daughter, Mike and Linda Stahly, assumed responsibility for organizing and staging the event.
This year, with Linda serving as senior vice-president of the Colorado VFW Auxiliary and in line to begin a term as president later this year, and with Mike serving as district VFW commander, the mantle of honoring hometown heroes has taken up new leadership.
After a bountiful home-style meal provided by post and auxiliary members, post commander Dave Rowland and auxiliary president Lucy Orros presented honors to the following individuals and organizations:
All members of the volunteer Delta County Search and Rescue team, award accepted by 23-year member Kathi Marquez, Donna Tessier and Mike Klinger; Trooper Todd Martin of the Colorado State Patrol; Officers Hal Durfee and and Glenn Wapner of the Delta County Sheriff's Office work release center; Detective Luke Fedler, DCSO; paramedic Jo Anne Nakano of the Delta County Ambulance District; Officers Everett Neil and Mark Post of the Delta Police Department; all members of the Delta Volunteer Fire Department accepted by Ben Martinez; dispatcher Bridget Spiker, DCSO dispatch center; and Officer Mike Stahly, Delta Correctional Center.
Linda Stahly also gave a personal thanks to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee for his service to the community and work as current president of the state's county sheriffs association.
In the coming year, Dave Rowland will continue as post commander. His wife Carol will step into the office of auxiliary president.blog comments powered by Disqus