A homecoming celebration to mark Linda Stahly's year of service to veterans and their families across Colorado as VFW Ladies Auxiliary department (state) president took place Aug. 17 at Lions Pavilion in Confluence Park.
The homecoming events, which take place in the hometowns of newly installed VFW post and auxiliary state leaders, are a tradition of the VFW.
Stahly's homecoming was attended by more than 75 VFW members and other officials from around the state, and by state and national-level VFW officials.
Stahly and her husband Mike, who is recently retired from his career at the Delta Correctional Center, have been dedicated supporters of the local Lee Marts VFW Post #3571 and Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Linda has worked her way through levels of increasing responsibility of statewide service to reach the department president post. Mike recently served as VFW district commander and is assisting his wife in her new duties.
Post members Jim and Sandy Baker have also been dedicated, long-time supporters of the Lee Marts Post and Auxiliary. Sandy is serving as state historian during Linda Stahly's presidency and her duties will include documenting Stahly's visits to every auxiliary unit in Colorado.
Dave and Caryl Rowland are current commander and president of the Lee Marts Post and Ladies
Auxiliary. Caryl is also serving Stahly's office this year as an assistant guard.
Other past and present VFW officials attending Linda's homecoming included John Loring of Cedaredge; Kirk Rosa of Conifer, a Gulf War veteran who is the new state commander; Ronald Lattin of Littleton, national council of administration; and Peter Buchanan of Brighton, surgeon general.
Stahly and Rosa both noted they will devote effort to encouraging younger veterans to join and become active in the VFW. America's war fighters from the Vietnam era currently make up the majority of members.
In addition, Stahly noted, "Veterans need to know that they have to become active to keep the benefits they were promised to receive by Congress when they stepped up to serve their country."
The Veterans of Foreign Wars motto is "No one does more for veterans." Its vision statement is to "ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country."
The local VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary provide service to the community including tributes for burials of local veterans, educational programs in American history and patriotism, and instruction for youth in flag respect and etiquette. They also support the activities of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.blog comments powered by Disqus