Quilts of Valor program
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm admin
Marcie Klomp News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
CRESCO - Sprinkles turned a little heavy and forced the Quilts of Valor program to move from the courthouse lawn to the American Legion building across the street.
Sandy Thorson, who is the Northeast Iowa coordinator for Quilts of Valor explained how the idea was founded.
In 2003, Catherine Roberts was worried about her son’s upcoming deployment to Iraq. She had a dream about a soldier who was sitting hunched over and distraught. She next saw the soldier covered with a quilt looking at peace.
Thorson continued, “A Quilt of Valor is not a charity quilt. A Quilt of Valor is not a blanket. A Quilt of Valor is an award for service.”
The quilt is made up of three layers. The top of the quilt, with its many colors, shapes and fabrics, represents the communities and many individuals we are. Each stitch in the quilt represents the love, gratitude and sometimes tears of the maker.
The batting is the center of the quilt, for its warmth. It represents the hope the quilt will bring warmth, comfort, peace and healing to the individuals receiving it.
The backing is the strength. It holds the many pieces of the quilt together.
“The Quilt of Valor is priceless. It can never be bought, it should never be sold, it is not a birthday gift. It is an award to honor those who have served, and it comes from the heart of the makers and their community.
Doug Smith served 1969-70 in Vietnam, 1990-91 in Desert Storm and 2003 in Iraqi Freedom.
Dave Pecinovsky served in 1965 in Vietnam. His sister-in-law, Kay Pecinovsky sewed his quilt.
Dee Hosek, who also sang the National Anthem, served 1990-91 in the Gulf and 2003-04 in Iraq.
Rick Slifka served 1990-91 in the Gulf and 1996 in Saudi Arabia.
Anybody who knows of a veteran who has not received a Quilt of Valor should contactThorson to get on the list.
The next Quilt of Valor program will be during the Veterans Banquet on Oct. 28.