On June 26, nine veterans were awarded a quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation at the Exira Care Center. The Veterans honored served in the Army, Navy and National Guard during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.
Lynette (Hansen) Allison welcomed the Veterans, their families and special guests and thanked them for attending the quilt presentation. Karly Beavers, representing the Quilts of Valor Foundation from Woodside Quilting in Des Moines, sang the National Anthem and shared the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which is to cover all combat service members and veterans with a quilt. It was founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts with one quilt to her son, Nat, who was deployed to Iraq. Today the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded 212,785 quilts nationally to veterans and active service members in all branches of the Service.
Marsha Frakes introduced each veteran, shared details about their service and Lyle Hansen, Jr. draped each quilt around the shoulders of the veteran. Each recipient also received a certificate recognizing service to our nation. The red, white and blue quilts represent the Quilts of Valor Foundation members sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for the veteran’s service, sacrifice and valor to the United States of America and to each of us. The comfort and warmth provided by these quilts in days to come will remind them they are forever in our thoughts and our hearts.