Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quilt of Valor

A few weeks ago with urging from Nancy I submitted the paperwork online for a Quilt of Valor for my husband ( Far Guy) who served in the Air Force and the North Dakota Air National Guard for a total of 26 years.

I knew the request was in the works, I spoke with the Minnesota Coordinator.  She said “We will try to get it presented before August 1st …I will let you know.” I figured I had time to organize something… a small gathering with our daughters and the grands.  I think it is important for the grands to know about service to our country and the sacrifices that Veterans make.

Things happened faster than anyone anticipated.  On Tuesday whilst I was home mowing the grass, Far Guy was at Respiratory Therapy and then went by the Museum to do some work on the High School Memory Room when the Veteran’s Service Officer walked in and presented the quilt to him!  I guess it was meant to be.

I wasn’t there to get a picture. 

Quilt of Valor

I got a photo later at home.

Genes Quilt of Valor

For now we have it draped over one of the railing upstairs, so it is the first thing that you see upon entering our home.

We know that a gal by the name of Jean put the quilt together and also did the long arm quilting.  That is all we know.  What a labor of love these women have taken on.  So far 102,587 quilts have been awarded through the Quilt of Valor Program.

My husband was so pleased to be honored for his time in the military!

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30 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful quilt! Seems like they had an "offhand" way of "presenting" it though.

    In any event the labor of love shows - the quilt shines with both love and respect - as well it should.

    Salutes the Far Guy and thanks him for his service.

    P.s., whaddaya doin' back in the museum?? :)

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    1. That High School room is dear to my heart. We took a room that looked like it had been in a tornado and turned it into a place where you can find things like a 1908 High School annual or football play book form 1945. You can even find a picture of my fifth grade class that has the most handsome guy the High School ever had in it. Just not willing to let that room become a mess again.

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    2. I have visited that room - it is very nice and user friendly... thanks Far Guy for all your work there. :)

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  2. That is truly awesome. I do think they could have had some little ceremony when they presented it. I love where you are displaying it. Thank Far Guy for his service for me will you please!

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  3. Wonderful. Every reason to remember with pride....:)

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  4. Wonderful! The quilt is a beauty! Much thanks to the Far Guy for his many years of service!

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  5. How wonderful! And I even got to see a picture of Far Guy! You did good, as usual. And I also thank him for his service.

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  6. Congratulations, FarGuy!

    Sorry to hear that a formal presentation was not made in front of friends and family. Can you prepare one yourself when the family can gather?

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  7. Oh my, that is a beautiful quilt and looks great where you hung it. Way to go Far Guy, Blessings Francine.

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  8. Can you inform local paper and get some public recognition for
    Far Guy and this wonderful program that way? It seems too quiet a presentation so far. I had never heard of that program and that is probably true of many others. So much thought and work went into that quilt. Congratulations Far Guy and I think that the perfect place to display this quilt.

    Shirley H.

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  9. I agree that a more public presentation would be preferable, but how nice to have a physical representation of thanks for his service to look at every day.

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  10. Congratulations! Far Guy and thank you for your service.

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  11. How wonderful, and well-deserved. Thank you for your service, Far Guy. It's a lovely quilt.

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  12. The last thing I would have wanted would have been any kind of public presentation but it would have been nice to have the wife who nominated me be there. Thank you Connie. Perhaps a wife who makes it through 26 years of military life deserves something.

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  13. What a lovely idea, and congrats to Far Guy... Thanks you for your service!

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  14. A Big Congratulations! I too thank you for your service!

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  15. Congratulations to Far Guy and thank you for your service. As a former quilter, I can tell you that making quilts for others, especially service people, is a labor of love.

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  16. That is a beautiful quilt and an even more wonderful program behind it. Thank you Gene!

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  17. Well, that was sudden! Although it sounds like it was just as well that the presentation was understated, in Far Guy's opinion, it still is important to commemorate those many years of service. Your idea of something with the grands is important, too. Maybe the Veterans' Service Officer would be willing to stop by a more official gathering to do a re-take on the event?????

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  18. It is a beautiful quilt and Far Guy is so deserving.

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  19. Beautiful quilt, more so because of the love behind every stitch I am sure. What a super tribute to your husband for his service. Wish they would have given you a heads up on the time so you could have gotten a photo.

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  20. I am impressed with the beautiful quilt, I am impressed that you set this honor in motion, and I am impressed that Far Guy is still taking care of part of the museum.

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  21. That's a very suitable honor. I agree that our kids should know about service to the country.

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  22. It is a wonderful quilt to honor FG's service. So much love put into every stitch. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  23. Wow. Lovely quilt! It will still make a wonderful story. ♥
    Thank you, FG for your service! And thank you, too, Connie. :-)

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  24. Such a fantastic quilt! What a wonderful gift/gesture.
    I love your log cabin home..show us more

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  25. What a wonderful quilt! Congrats and thanks to FarGuy. :):)

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  26. WOW! That is really neat!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie