I have been meaning to write to you for months. Last year I requested a quilt for my Dad, Henry Warren, who had served in WWII. When he received it he said he felt unworthy of such a beautiful gift, and wanted to return it to the person who made it! I had to convince him to keep it. January 1st he left his condo on a journey from nursing home to assisted living to nursing home, all within six months. At the assisted living facility he fell in love with that quilt. It was on his bed always. At his last destination on earth, a wonderful nursing home, he often commented on how beautiful it was and how much he appreciated it. He died June 23 with that quilt over him. I have it here with me, and won't even have it cleaned. It was a constant in his last few months and I am so grateful to you for opening that spot in his heart to reflect on his service to his country and that he was appreciated for that service. Thank you from the depths of my heart.
Prior to Dad's quilt, I had requested one for a very dear friend, an Iwo Jima survivor, Gordon Ward pictured above. I gave that to him a year ago Father's Day and he was so very moved by that quilt...as we all were. Barely able to stand, he managed to do so, sang to me the Marine Corps hymn while saluting, and we all cried while he wrapped himself in that quilt. Gordon died four days before my father did. It was a terrible week in June this year.
But your QOV made a difference in the lives of two old veterans, and I apologize for not writing this sooner.
Thank you so much for what you do. So much work and dedication from so many nationwide! The beauty that is shared by many...near and far...all ages...God bless you.