Saturday, July 21, 2012
Returning Warrior Weekend
I have had the most fabulous evening! Last night was the Returning Warrior
Workshop in Seattle. So many of you contributed quilts for this event and
it went beautifully! I talked to lots of people, gave a lot of hugs, saw
a lot of tears!
The guest speaker for the event was 3-star Admiral Dirk D., Chief of
the Navy Reserve. The top guy!! He has a QOV and keeps it in his office
in DC. He says it is one of his proudest possessions. A very nice man as
well. He has been very instrumental in creating a special event for the
returning reservists by hosting the RWWs in a nice hotel (it was the
Sheraton downtown), with great food and great surroundings. It was very
special to meet this man.
This was my third RWW, so I was more relaxed, and I didn't freak out at
having to talk in front of 150 people. We presented one quilt to a woman
warrior, who turns out to be a quilter! She was very interesting to talk
to afterwards. I wanted her to come and visit me, but she is transferring
to Norfolk next week.
We had the quilts in another room, so after the dinner they all went out
and picked out their quilt. We folded the quilts so that the label was
out, the pillowcases were tucked inside, and the top of the quilt was
displayed so it was easier to see what the quilt looked like. We had
three tables set up, and the warriors could pick out their quilt and get
their name put on the label. They all got hugs and I tried to have a
little discussion to see where they had been. I also hugged the wives
(this group happened to have mostly men warriors) because they too have
give a lot of service.
Thank you again to those who sent quilts for this event. They were so