Starting in February, the Montrose-based Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans will host a Delta County veterans coffee in Cedaredge on the third Tuesday of every month. The first coffee event will be held Feb. 20 at The Pondy in downtown Cedaredge at 220 West Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans changed its name for a reason. "We used to be Welcome Home Montrose," says Mike Trickey, alliance executive director.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571 and its auxiliary were joined by cadets from the Delta County squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, their leaders, and VFW auxiliary members from the Clifton post to decorate the American Service Women's Memorial in Collbran for Christmas.
On Sunday, Dec. 10, members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta and Montrose VFW Post 784 met three incoming aircraft on the ramp of Atlantic Aviation in Montrose. The three planes were part of the joint Holiday Airlift sponsored by Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) and the VFW, airlifting thousands of pounds of food and toys throughout the state to help brighten the holidays of many veterans and their families.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post #3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift again to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.
Several students from Cedaredge High School and Middle School submitted their writing to two Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay competitions: 'The Voice of Democracy' for grades 9-12 and 'Patriot's Pen' for grades 6-8. Older students wrote using the theme "American History: Our Hope for the Future" and the theme for younger students was "America's Gift to My Generation."
A Veterans Day tradition continued Saturday, with a breakfast hosted by S&B Quilters Guild at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Twenty-five veterans and their families attended the event, the fourth held in Hotchkiss.
Delta Middle School hosted its annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 10. This event honors those who have served our country in the armed forces, while highlighting for the students the many freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice.
Cedaredge High School and Middle School (CHS and CMS) combined to celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, with an assembly honoring military veterans and their families. The moving and inspirational program included patriotic music and speeches, heartfelt essays, and a stirring video -- all performed by students with assistance from area veterans and teachers and staff.
Delta Elks Lodge is pleased to present "A Salute to our Veterans" Saturday, Nov. 11. The day will start with a free lunch for all veterans, their spouses and those currently serving our country from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.
They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.
The members of Girl Scout Troop 15057 came to the April meeting of the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary bearing gifts. The gifts weren't for the VFW and Auxiliary members, but for the troops they support who are deployed overseas in harm's way.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary are starting to build a food pantry for local area veterans.
Members of the post and auxiliary became aware of the need last December, when over 20 local veterans and families were helped through the partnership of the VFW and Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).
The Colorado Constitution establishes a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax. The State of Colorado pays the property taxes on the exempted value.
Members of VFW Post 3571 were able to distribute over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to 24 veterans and their families in the Delta area, thanks to a cooperative project between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).
CABA and the VFW worked together for the sixth year to make their Holiday Airlift a success statewide.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 and its Auxiliary donated most of their day Saturday, Dec. 17, to honor and remember American veterans.
Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and Auxiliary conducted a memorial observance on the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Pearl Harbor.
The observance was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a color guard and remarks by VFW District Commander Mike Stahly of Delta, Linda Stahly on behalf of the Auxiliary; and county commissioner Bruce Hovde.
"We stand in the midst of true patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served," said Jen Ervin, Delta Middle School principal, as she welcomed those gathered for a Veterans Day assembly at Delta Middle School. While veterans were small in number, over half the students and faculty members stood when family members of active and retired service members were recognized.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift and the Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.
This will be the sixth year the VFW has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.
Veterans were honored last Saturday with quilts made by members of S&B Quilters' Guild. The event was held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.
At least a dozen quilts went home with veterans.
A variety of activities in Surface Creek Valley last week hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local community institutions, and by individuals emphasized the meaning of service to America symbolized by Veterans Day.
A combined assembly for high school and middle school students in Cedaredge provided a moving highlight to the valley's observances.
More than one million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years. Many of these veterans may not have appropriate business attire to go to networking events, interviews or even to work.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its auxiliary and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.
This joint project, dubbed Operation Troop Bounty, provides a local way for community members to provide active duty military personnel with such useful and appreciated things as travel size toiletries, snacks (such as jerky, gum, individual size packs of snack crackers and cookies, and unfortunately exempting chocolate, which melts in so many environments), books, hard candy, individual packets of "baby wipes," packaged individual drinks (coffee, tea, cocoa, etc.), puzzles, combs and more.
The drive through that serves the Grand Junction VA Medical Center's main lobby entrance will be closed during the next 90 days for a security upgrade. Patients who have driven themselves to the facility's emergency room and after-hour visitors are asked to use caution when entering the building through the main entrance.
Crawford resident Marty Smith does not want the sacrifices her husband Bruce made during the Vietnam War to be forgotten. Earlier this year she asked friends Janet Grigson and Diana Kuene to make him a quilt to honor that service.
An observance of the Missing Man Table was conducted on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, Sept. 16, at the Fireside Restaurant in Delta.
Members of Delta's Lee Marts VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571 explained that a permanent Missing Man Table has been established there with permission of restaurant owner Ernst Schopp.
With the waters of the swollen North Fork River roaring below, members of American Legion Wilson Head Post 97 held their annual ceremony at the Grand Avenue Bridge Monday while a small group of observers bowed their heads and held their hands over their hearts.
"Help us to remember with reverence the valor and devotion of our departed comrades," said Joe Kaputa, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam.
The 38th annual Crawford Pioneer Days committee is seeking local veterans from all branches of the military to honor with a ride in the annual parade on Saturday, June 11. Regardless of age, branch served or time served, "We are really encouraging all of the area's military who can be here," said committee member Tristan Pfeffer.
While the average age of American Legion members at Crawford Cemetery at last Sunday's Memorial Day service hovered somewhere above 60, those at the ceremony couldn't help but notice young Brady Todd. The former Marine is the newest member of the Crawford American Legion Lynch-Cotten Post 190.
Before the annual Memorial Day ceremonies began Sunday at Crawford Cemetery, American Legion District 11 Commander Jimmy Davidson recognized four long-time local Legion members. "They have been faithful members of Lynch-Cotten Post," Davis told the crowd of about 200 who had gathered for the occasion.
Members of VFW Post 3571 in Delta and 784 in Montrose met an aircraft with three aircrew and over 1,000 pounds of food and toys for distribution to veterans in the Montrose and Delta area. The crew flew the aircraft to Montrose Regional Airport from Centennial Airport near Denver Wednesday, Dec. 23, as part of the annual CABA/VFW holiday airlift project.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was observed in Delta on Monday, Dec. 7.
Members of Lee Marts VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary #3571 conducted ceremonies at the Confluence Park river access ramp.
Hotchkiss K-8 School was honored to have First Sergeant Lopez and cadets in the Delta High School JROTC program at its Veterans Day assembly. They presented the colors and taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American flag.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary in Delta encourage all members of the community to help our local veterans. The post and auxiliary currently have two community-based projects going into the holidays.
The six Paonia High School students who shared lunch with Vietnam veteran Joe Kaputa on Veterans Day paid close attention as the former Marine told of how he enlisted, his tours, and about spending time on the island of Okinawa. Much like the USO, said Kaputa, Okinawa was a place where members of the military could go and relax.
Members of the S&B Quilters' Guild continued their tradition of presenting quilts to veterans by giving out more than 25 quilts to local veterans during their Nov. 14 meeting. A short program honoring veterans included a singing of "God Bless America."
Veterans were honored at an assembly hosted by Delta Middle School on Nov. 11. Honored military included Randy Charlesworth, U.S. Air Force; Jerry Harding, a combined 26 years with the Marines and Army; Mike Stahly, a 20-year Army veteran; Louis Webb, U.S. Air Force; Noah McCulley, U.S. Air Force; Patrick Wear, U.S. Army; and David Rowland, 22 years, U.S. Air Force.
Surface Creek Valley honored its veterans on Nov. 11. An assembly at Cedaredge High School was held to honor veterans and also student writers from the high school and middle school who entered and who won the patriotic essay contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Throughout the history of the United States its citizens have served in the military in times of war, times of peace, to keep the peace. In recognition of Veterans Day, we talked with three veterans about their military service in keeping the peace, and we thank them and all the other veterans for their service to our country.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) holiday airlift and the local Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.
This will be the fourth year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.
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