Rep. Thompson to keynote Contra Costa board’s veterans celebration


The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will conduct its annual honoring of veterans with a virtual celebration featuring keynote speaker Congressman Mike Thompson — a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to tune into the virtual live-stream, which begins at 11 a.m.

Thompson served in combat with U.S. Army as a staff sergeant and platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He also served as an instructor at the Army’s Airborne School.

The celebration event will also feature a color guard ceremony by De Anza High School JROTC, California Poet Bill Nelson, and guest speaker Mike Hoffschneider, who retired on last month as a Veterans Service Representative for Contra Costa County with over 43 years of combined federal and County public service.

 “Our Veterans did not let us down during difficult times, and that is why we must honor them during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Board Chair Supervisor Candace Andersen said.

The public can watch the virtual live-stream at or The celebration will also broadcast live on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) channels: Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse Channel 99, and WAVE Channel 32.

Questions about this year’s event? Contact Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer Nathan D. Johnson at (925) 313-1481.