As June 2014 came to an end, Valley Springs had their annual Fireworks over New Hogan. It always starts a celebration for the 4th of July. There are backyard parties, great food, and friendship. Families and friends come to the hills to celebrate.
This year we attended a gathering at Willene and Cliff’s who both volunteer for Quilts of Honor. Willene comes into headquarters faithfully and ships quilts weekly. Their son has had tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait over 15 years of service in the US Army. So, when we found out he was coming home for the 4th, we wanted to award him with a special quilt. Flo went to work making the top and on June 28th we presented Dave with his quilt in front of family and friends. When Willene asked him to come up front, he thought he was going to help his Mom and then we stepped forward. You could see he didn’t like all the attention. I quickly grabbed his hand and thanked him for his sacrifices and service. He just thought it was a pillow I think and I told him to pull the quilt out. Out comes the quilt and the “crowd went wild”. You could see he was fighting back tears. He asked who had made the quilt and I told him, Flo and myself. He gave us big hugs, read all the label and loved the Army material especially the Eagle. He kept saying he was going to show it to all of his buddies.
Not only did that make a great evening but also this month I surprised a Vietnam veteran at his retirement party. He had three tours in Vietnam with the US Navy and he did cry. Most people in the room didn’t even know he had been in Vietnam. We touch so many lives in honoring those who defend our freedom.
We also gave a Quilt of Honor to the family of a fallen Police Officer who put his life on the line everyday and paid the ultimate price. Quilts of Honor East presented a Quilt of Honor to Navy veteran, Yogi Berra which was exciting for all. So, from East to West we try to cover one at a time.
We have been receiving many pieced tops from so many different quilters. God bless each one of you who are helping us to continue our mission.
Finally, you will also see a photo of the Valley Springs Post 102 Honor Guard who for the last 9 years have raised over a hundred flags with veteran’s names on them – the flags fly for 5 days. The Field of Flags is such an honor – only thing is I’m not getting any younger and playing to the colors at 5:45 in the morning isn’t as easy as it used to be.
Be safe this Fourth. God bless you all.