On November 12, the Beavercreek City School Transportation Department teamed up with The Miami Valley Quilters Guild in Fairborn to award 19 nominated, local military veterans a handmade quilt from Quilts of Valor as a token of appreciation for their military service. The presentation was held in the Main Elementary School auditorium.
“We would like to honor those who have given so much to our country and to our freedom. Members of the transportation have each requested a Quilt of Valor for a family member or a friend who was called to serve this great nation,” Supervisor of Beavercreek City School Transportation Department, Todd Scott said. “In conjunction with The Miami Valley Quilters Guild of Fairborn, we award these quilts to say thank you for the sacrifices each of you have made to keep our country safe.”
To kick off the ceremony of awarding the quilts, The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Alyssa Ennis, Megan Evans, Truston Hayes and Curtis Lamune, 8th grade students from Ankeney Middle School.
Each quilt presented has a special messaged inscribed on the quilt demonstrating thanks for their efforts in a wartime situation. The material used to make each quilt was donated from the guilds membership. Over 50 members were involved in the making of the quilts that were awarded to the Beavercreek servicemen. Since The Miami Valley Quilters Guild began awarding Quilts of Valor, three years ago, they have created and awarded 90. “The making of the quilts is a labor of love for all of us. It was a year-long process that involved planning, sewing and organization,” Quilts of Valor Coordinator, Debbie Ginsburg said. “It’s so little compared to what these men have sacrificed.”
Blue Star mom, Catherine Roberts from Seaford, Delaware, began the Quilts of Valor Foundation in honor of her son’s homecoming after being in Iraq for a year. She wanted to welcome the returning troops home and show that they were loved and respected. She hit her sewing room and begun creating unique quilts that eventually led to the 127,000 quilts that have been handed out nationally. Since, 2003, these quilts have become the grassroots of community efforts to honor veterans and their families. The goal is to touch every service person that has been touched by war.
This year, in the Beavercreek area, Quilts of Valor honored the following servicemen:
Corp. Donald Lee Adams, US Army
SSgt. Donald Ray Adams, US Army
E3 Airman Thurman Bailey, USN
Sgt. Edward Brown, USMC
Lance Cpl. Arnold D. Burke, USMC
Cpl. Michael DeLong, USMC
SSgt. James Fraley, US Army
SP4 James Gevedon, US Army
CMSgt. Richard Kemp, USAF
PVC1 Michael Lamka, US Army
E5 Emerson Lightner, US Army
EN2 Raymond McCoy, USN
E3 Charles N. Nickels, USAF
E6 Charles Roach, Jr., USAF
SR8 Kenneth Shaver, US Army (deceased)
E2 Joe Southerland, US Army
E4 Joshua Southerland, US Army
PFC Donald Vanzant, US Army
SP4 Patrick Vitori, US Army
“We are indebted to these Veterans and this is our way of showing appreciation with what we love to do – make quilts and give them away,” President of The Miami Valley Quilters Guild, Sherry Gorby said.
For more information, visit Quilt of Valor at www.QOVF.org or www.miamivalleyquiltersguild.org.