Monday, November 30, 2015

Quilts of Valor Awarded to 4 deserving Veterans...Thank YOU!

We are so fortunate to create and quilt the Quilts of Valor Miss Betty & I have been privileged to play a small part.  Many times, these very special QOVs are awarded in private settings with family and close friends in attendance, in a very intimate and emotional setting that is kept to those in attendance and especially the Quilt of Valor Award recipient to honor their wishes.  At other times, we ship our Quilts of Valor to Port Mortuary and to Landstuhl Germany, to honor and comfort those who escort our fallen, and our wounded warriors coming off the battlefield.

For these and other various reasons, many times we may create and quilt a beautiful Quilt of Valor and never get to see the actual award of these Quilts of Valor - especially for those Volunteers who help create these precious quilts but are unable to attend a Quilt of Valor Award ceremony. Occasionally, we receive a wonderful note and even a picture or two from those who attended the Quilt of Valor Ceremony.

Recently, we received Quilts of Valor pictures from one of our very favorite people, Clairellen of those Quirky Quilters in Michigan:

Four Quilts of Valor awarded to 4 very deserving Veterans by Irene P.

Clairellen included in her note to us:

Irene P. shared:  "On Thanksgiving I presented 4 quilts to veterans in Ohio. On the far left is a young man who is in the Army reserves and now is an Honored Guard and presides at funerals for the military. His quilt was made by Suzanne Steffes.

On his right is a veteran of the Air Force and served stateside handling projects affecting the Vietnam war. His quilt was made by Irene Palmer, quilted by DebLindley.

The next vet to the right was stationed stateside in the Air Force and is a brother to the first recipient. His quilt was made by Diane Reeve and quilted by Kelly Ziccarello.

The veteran on the far right was in the Korean War His quilt was made by Irene Palmer and quilted by Marcia Hawks.

Presentations are always very moving and tears of joy are shared by everyone. What an honor it is to be able to be a part of of every step in the whole process. Every recipient is very grateful for being remembered and thanked for their service. The gentleman on the far right said that this was the first time he had been shown appreciation for his service since he came home from his time in the service. 

They all agreed how much they appreciate the honor of receiving such a gift of appreciation. This reaction and comment is very common to hear from all of our veterans and soldiers, I have found. How sad, but it is such an honor to express that to all of our military at this time in their lives on the organizations behalf and on behalf of the quilt piecers and quilters."

"Four Quilts of Valor were presented to very deserving veterans by Irene Palmer, representing the Quirky Quilters Quilt Guild in Oscoda Michigan.  Thank you gentlemen for your service."

Thank YOU, Clairellen, Irene and all those Quirky Quilters for EVERYTHING you do to honor and comfort our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  We were privileged to play a small part in your wonderful Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony.

Our Very Best to You and those Quirky Quilters over the upcoming Holidays and the New Year!

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”

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