Colleen Thompson of Milford, DE, a member of Blue Hen Auxiliary #6483, attended the 104th National Convention in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. The convention marks the beginning of her two-year term as representative of Delaware on the National Council of Administration, which governs the Auxiliary between national conventions.
“I am honored and proud to accept the position,” said Thompson. “I look forward to representing Department of DE VFW Auxiliary.”
In Milford, Colleen and her husband Gerald Thompson have been serving the Milford Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 for over 14 years. Originally from West Virginia Colleen met Gerald on a United Airlines Flight as he was coming home from active duty in Vietnam. They married in 1969. Moving to Milford, DE in 1972 they raised a family and were active in the community. In 2003 they became active in the Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 as Colleen went on to serve as the President of the Ladies Auxillery and Gerald went on to serve as Post Commander.
Blue Hen VFW 6483 and Auxiliary participates in community events providing awareness of services available to veterans and active military. Each year members visit local schools providing information concerning scholarships offered by the VFW and Auxiliary. On Veteran’s Day, students from Milford High School sign banners thanking veterans as this year the banners were sent to two deployed members from Blue Hen Post for them to share with their units. The organization provides support to their Adopted Unit, 436 Logistics Readiness Squadron, from Dover Air Force Base and deployed veterans by sending packages. At VFW Post 6483, members collect non-serviceable American Flags and conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony. Members actively visit veterans in hospitals, nursing homes and Delaware Veteran’s Home and Blue Hen Honor Guard assist at community events, funerals and burial services.
A highlight of this year’s national convention was the first annual Circle of Excellence Ceremony, where 35 Department (state) presidents were honored for their leadership during the 2016-2017 year. Other highlights included the opportunity for members to view all 48 entries of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art entries and the “Buddy”® Poppy displays, in addition to attending several joint events with the VFW, such as the Joint Opening Session and the Patriotic Celebration on Tuesday evening.
During the convention, National President Colette Bishop commended the 2,000 attendees for all their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. Members have spent millions of dollars and volunteer hours helping the heroes of our country. The National President also thanked members for volunteering nearly one million hours in the nation’s hospitals, and donating $300,000 to VFW Veterans and Military Support Programs, which includes Operation UplinkTM to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.
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