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Tuesday, because of Covid19, we did an unusual Reunion. We had the Commander (George) of the Legion of Valor Organization and his wife, Susan, come to Valley Springs to oversee the shipment of 23 quilts to their members.

To be a member of this Organization you have to have been awarded the top medal of your Branch of Service. Most of who we gave out quilts to had received the Navy Cross or Distinguished Service Medal – they are all true heroes. We were so sorry not to be able to shake their hands in person but I know when they receive those quilts they will know what they mean.

We truly enjoyed George and Susan.  Here is a little background: George, nice guy, saved his Unit in combat as a First Lt. in the USMC and retired as a Lt. Col.  Susan went in USMC active, and later the reserves then retired as a 2 Star General but the best part was she was the first woman in the FBI Academy in 1972. Now that is pretty darn awesome. Dad Belmont was in second heaven as he had two Marines to talk to and Susan was actually at the FBI Academy the same time as Dad – small world.

We had the best crew helping us. Diana, Joyce and Rene double checked quality control on all the quilts. Jan, Flo and Willene got all the quilts ready, boxed and labeled. We took lots of photos and one photo you will see Rene and Joyce photo bombing. We meant to get a group picture but time got away or it was the old age brain forgetting.

It was a very special day and as I write this I bet somewhere a veteran is opening his box wondering, what is this. I can almost see the smile and tears on his face.

We were lucky enough to present George and Susan their quilts in person. Susan said we were going to make her cry and then “uhs and ohs” as she looked at it. When George received his quilt, he looked at me and said, “This is my honor to receive this beautiful gift.”

I made a “casserole surprise,” you never know what’s in it until you eat it. It keeps them guessing, too. We had homemade pie, too, so what a day. It almost felt like we weren’t in Covid19. Enjoy the pictures.

We have been receiving copies of quilt labels from our QOH Chapters so they are trying to get back to some kind of normal – Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota all started working. So, slowly we are honoring our veterans.

We are very blessed to be able to continue our Mission in this worldly mess. I pray you all stay healthy and keep on stitching.

This weekend Flo and I will head to the mountains for Retreat where we will present a couple of quilts so stay tuned for that adventure, oh and Rue, too.

God’s blessings
Gail

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