CAPE REGION LIFE
Wed, Nov 25, 2009
Veterans Home breaks ground for pavilion
The Friends of the Delaware Veterans Home, a nonprofit organization formed to support the mission of the
state’s only Veterans Home, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, for a new pavilion
that will be built on the property of the 2-year-old long-term-care facility. The pavilion, which will be available
to residents for special events, meetings with family and friends, or for quiet reflection, will include an area
where residents and their guests can fish in a well-stocked pond.
“In a few months’ time, this area will be abuzz with activity. Residents, their families, and friends will have a
beautiful outdoor space for recreation and relaxation,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, who also serves as
chairman of the Friends of the Delaware Veterans Home organization. “For those residents who don’t often
venture beyond the Veterans Home’s driveway, this pavilion will give them a place to spend time that is outside
the walls of the home itself, but only a stone’s throw away.”
Since his appointment as secretary of state in January, Bullock has not only taken special interest in ensuring
high-quality medical care at the Veterans Home, but also in ensuring a high standard for the residents’ quality
Among the speakers at the event was Bobby Massey, a resident of the Veterans Home who also serves as the
president of the Residents’ Council. Speaking on behalf of his fellow Veterans Home residents, Massey thanked
all those who, through their generosity, have made the pavilion project possible.
Generous funding for the pavilion was provided by the Longwood Foundation, the Welfare Foundation, the
Crestlea Foundation, the Marmot Foundation and the Crystal Foundation. In addition, the Friends of the
Delaware Veterans Home received large donations from private individuals and veterans’ service organizations.
The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Sen. Tom Carper and Sen. Ted Kaufman from
Delaware’s federal delegation. State officials in attendance included Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden
III; Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach; Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South; Rep. Bob Walls D-Milford; and
Rep. Earl Jaques, D-Glasgow. In addition, the mayor of Milford and a number of other prominent guests,
including members of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and other representatives of some of the
state’s largest veterans’ service organizations, gathered for the event.
“Today is a great day to take one step forward in our obligation to provide the best possible quality of life for our
veterans,” said Kaufman. “The pavilion will provide hours and hours of serenity and comfort for those who, in
many cases, went through hell to assure the comfort and safety of all Americans.”
The architects for the pavilion project are Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects PC, who presented renderings
of the pavilion for attendees to view. The construction is being performed by Bancroft Construction Company,
which had hard hats on hand for the event.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for spring 2010.