River Valley Stars Quilts of Valor group was honored to present a quilt on Veteran’s Day to Paul Summerhill.
The presentation was even more appropriate and special because it took place at Freedom Freewill Baptist Church in Alma where Summerhill teaches a Sunday School class.
Summerhill received the quilt as family, friends and his church congregation looked on.
Sue Anderson, who led the group in its presentation, gave a short talk about Quilts of Valor, after which member Karen Richardson read a poem called "Welcome Home."
A copy of the poem was provided in an information folder given to Summerhill after the presentation.
Marcia Beat, another member of Quilts of Valor, assisted Anderson as they wrapped the quilt around him.
Summerhill joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam. As happens with most Vietnam recipients, an old emotion surfaces and tearful remembrances all come rushing back when they speak of those that never made it home.
River Valley Stars Quilts of Valor group members likewise often find it hard to keep their composure during these presentations, but with each they come away being ever more grateful for our military and our soldiers.
The group thanked Summerhill for his service and proudly "welcomed him home."
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, who had a son deployed in Iraq. Understandably, she was worried sick about him and as she prayed daily for him she had a vision of him wrapped in a quilt that provided memories of home and those that loved him.
From this mother’s vision, the Quilt of Valor Foundation was born.
The mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Thousands of quilts have been awarded veterans of military actions, conflicts, and wars, including W.W. II, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
To date, 200,000 quilts have been awarded by Quilt of Valor groups nationwide.
Each Quilt of Valor is formed by loving hands that join bits of fabric together one piece at a time. It may be sewn by one pair of hands or by many, but all are volunteers who have a passion for patriotic ideals, who have great admiration for our military, and who happen to also love sewing.
Those who love sewing and wish to learn more about this project can email Sue Anderson at RiverValleyStarsqov@gmail.com.
Each quilt has a special label that give the name of the recipient, their branch of service and dates of ervice, and a special "love note."
Summerhill's note reads: "Thank you for your service."