Members of Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Ladies Auxiliary of Delta were hopping around so much during the month of December it seemed as if Easter had been added to the other holidays! Since so many of their activities involved the participation of the residents of Delta, post and auxiliary officers want to thank those residents for all they did to support local veterans.
Joint state-wide projects with the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) and local joint projects with the Delta Library, Delta Chamber of Commerce, McDonald's and Abraham Connection were all on the agenda. Thanks to the members of the community who donated food and toys at the chamber to supplement the CABA holiday airlift, toiletries and snacks at the Delta Library to be sent to deployed local troops throughout the world, and plastic shopping sacks at McDonald's to be made into sleeping mats for the homeless, especially veterans.
December's activities started with members of the post and auxiliary joining with the Delta High School JROTC cadets and members of American Legion Post 65 to form an extended honor guard for Delta's Parade of Lights. The next day, Dec. 7, VFW hosted a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony on the banks of the Gunnison River in Confluence Park. Auxiliary members tossed seven wreaths into the water of the Gunnison to memorialize that day, 72 years ago, that Pearl Harbor was bombed, plunging the United States into World War II.
Monday, Dec. 9, was the annual post and auxiliary Christmas party, which also honored the local winners of the VFW Patriots Pen program, the Voice of Democracy program, and the Teacher of the Year program. This year, Shaylyn Foley read her winning essay for Patriots Pen, and Selbi Shenold read her winning essay for the Voice of Democracy. Teachers of the Year were Jamie Ogden, Garnet Mesa Elementary School; Mark Bishop, Lincoln Elementary School; Kirby Holmes, Delta Middle School; and Rosie Johnson, Delta High School.
After days of delay due to bad weather, the CABA holiday airlift flight arrived at Montrose, where it was unloaded by members of VFW Post 784 of Montrose, Welcome Home Montrose, Western Colorado Conservancy Corps, and VFW Post 3571 and Ladies Auxiliary of Delta at the facilities provided by Black Canyon Jet Center. These goods were divided for the Montrose and Delta communities and the veterans wildfire firefighting team of the Conservancy Corps headquartered in Grand Junction. Lee Marts Post 3571 and auxiliary members sorted and hauled the airlift supplies back to Delta, where the locally donated food and toys were added and approximately 300 pounds of non-perishable food and three plastic sacks of toys were delivered to the Abraham Connection, which assists the VFW in distributing to homeless and needy veterans in Delta.
Saturday, Dec. 21, post and auxiliary members went to Grand Junction, where they were met by auxiliary members from Post 4663 in Clifton. The group visited and sang carols to residents at the Grand Junction VA nursing home and patients in the hospital wards. Residents and patients were given a "goody" sack with holiday foods and ornaments, and each was given a Christmas card.
That afternoon the group traveled to Collbran, where they decorated the American Service Women's Memorial for the holidays. Hundreds of ornaments with the names of Colorado women who had served in the military from World War II until now were used to add a festive air to the memorial — the only nationally recognized service women's memorial in the United States.
After a few days' breather, post and auxiliary members will continue existing programs and start new programs to assist local veterans in the area. All veterans and ladies who are eligible for either organization are invited to attend the February meeting, Monday, Feb. 3, for fellowship starting at 6 p.m. at the Delta IOOF hall at 860 Highway 92. For any questions, contact post Commander Dave Rowland at 314-7208, auxiliary president Caryl Rowland at 314-3838 or post quartermaster or auxiliary secretary Jim or Sandy Baker at 874-8172.blog comments powered by Disqus