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Veterans receive Quilts of Valor

Quilt of Valor recipients show off their quilts at the Evening Star Quilt Guild meeting at Pier 55 on Feb. 28, 2019. Steve Gardiner / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Greg Cady smiles as he receives his Quilt of Valor from Mary Turner at the Evening Star Quilt Guild meeting Feb. 28, 2019. Steve Gardiner / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Members of the Evening Star Quilt Guild presented area veterans with handmade Quilts of Valor at their monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 28 at Pier 55.

Mary Turner, event organizer, explained that the quilts are presented each year to recognize veterans for the sacrifices they have made. She addressed the recipients and said the quilts are "sewn by mothers, sisters and friends, much like those you left behind to serve your country and its ideals. We are truly grateful, and it is an honor to present a Quilt of Valor to you."

A dozen quilts were presented. Here is a list with the name of each veteran and the person(s) making and presenting the quilts:

  • Greg Cady from Mary Turner
  • Dave Birkenmayer from Becky Hinrichs and Janell Adler
  • Lance Garrick from Joan Plaetz
  • Kim Wojcik from Rose Drehmel
  • Cindy Johnston from Elaine Scharpen, Mary Turner, and Christie Brown
  • David Safe from his mother Barb Mamer
  • Orie Beltz currently in the VA hospital, accepted by his wife, Betty, from Janell Adler
  • Dean Dahling from his daughter Becky Hinrichs
  • Perk Perkinson from his wife Cheryl Birk-Perkinson
  • Richard Callstrom from his sister Elaine Scharpen
  • Mazeppa Field of Honor future recipient from Ginny Houck
  • Rachel Siegel, Jason Siegel, and Shawn Gouldin from Holly and Adam Espenhover

As part of the program, Greg Cady explained the Missing Man/Fallen Comrade Table Ceremony, and Lance Garrick, president of the Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, described how that organization helps military members and their families when they need assistance.

Steve Gardiner

Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming.  He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018.  He focuses on features and outdoor stories.  

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