Quilts of Valor honors veterans

Veterans pose for a photo during Friday’s Quilts of Valor presentation at St. Catherine Hospital.

By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communication

Twelve veterans were honored Friday morning at St. Catherine Hospital with quilts made by members of the local Quilts of Valor chapter.

Coordinator Kay Hoskinson said Friday’s presentation marked a total of 52 quilts that have been given to veterans to date since the local chapter started in October 2014.

“We have a dedicated group that will donate their time, talent and patterns to make quilts to honor our service members and veterans,” Hoskinson said. “Our mission is to wrap service members and veterans with a quilt of valor and a hug of gratitude for their service.”

Those who received quilts included:

  • Forrest E. “Corky” Robertson, Army
  • Melanie Algrim, Air Force
  • Thomas D Fief, Army-Vietnam
  • Jim Jones, Army
  • Ray Mann, Army World War II-Philippines
  • Guadalupe Otero, Army
  • Dale Patterson, Army – Vietnam
  • Joe Ramos, Air Force – Vietnam
  • Pete Ramos, Air Force – Korea
  • Tony Ramos, Army – Vietnam
  • Vernon Wasinger, Army – artillery
  • Dale Faelber, Army-World War II

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The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 by Catherine Roberts whose son Nat was deployed in Iraq. Since then, 171,000 quilts have been presented nationally. The organization’s mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.

For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation visit www.qovf.org.

Veterans Day activities

There will be a parade on Main Street in downtown Garden City starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and a fireworks show at approximately 6:30 p.m.