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Three Local Veterans Recognized

by Chris Cain
October 28, 2018

Three Local Veterans Recognized

Steve Bradford, Bob Blair, and Herb Brockert, each who served during the Viet Nam war, were presented hand-crafted Quilts of Valor by Teresa Pereault, the Massachusetts coordinator for the national Quilts of Valor Foundation. 

Three Local Veterans Recognized

Steve Bradford, Bob Blair, and Herb Brockert, each who served during the Viet Nam war, were presented hand-crafted Quilts of Valor by Teresa Pereault, the Massachusetts coordinator for the national Quilts of Valor Foundation. 

The Quilts of Valor program began in 2003 thanks to Catherine Robert’s dream that her son who was deployed in Iraq at the time could be comforted in a warm quilt. “The message of my dream was: Quilts = Healing.”  Catherine’s dream has come true. Today “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” To date 199,371 quilts have been hand made by men and women across the country who volunteer their time and talents to honor those who have served.  The organization expects to reach the 200,000 mark by Veterans Day 2018.

The presentation took place recently during the 146th Annual Session of the Massachusetts State Grange held in Milford on Friday October 26th..  This was the first year that the Massachusetts Grange included this recognition in its Annual Session.  In addition to Holliston’s three veterans, nine other vets received quilts at the ceremony.

Seven of the quilts were made by members of the Massachusetts Grange.  As Teresa pointed out, “these quilts are meant to be worn with honor and washing out spilled food / beverage stains actually makes them more comfortable.”  Each quilt comes with a handy storage container – suspiciously similar to a colorful pillowcase for safe keeping during the warmer months. 

Not surprisingly, our local veterans were very touched by the presentation and truly got into being wrapped in their own personal Quilt of Valor.

Reporter’s Note: Janet Horne, a member of the Grange planning committee was told by Bob Blair upon arrival that he had brought his cub reporter along.  When this reporter (cub) was taking photos of the recipients after the presentation, Ms. Horne came up to me and, based on Bob’s ‘cub reporter’ remark, told me she expected someone much younger!

Publishers Note: Cub reporter Chris Cain is 67 years old!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations!!! Thank you for your service! -Stacey

- Stacey Raffi | 10/28/18 8:34 AM

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