Sunday, September 30, 2018

Duty, Honor, Courage

Duty, honor, courage…

Comfort, healing, valor...

In part from the Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2018
“Courageous Americans of every generation have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country and our freedom.  The families who stood alongside these heroes have paid a price no family should ever have to pay.  Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is a solemn reminder that these families ‑‑ the families of our fallen service members ‑‑ bear the burden of their loss forever.
A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson approved a recommendation by the Women’s Committee of National Defenses for mothers to display a gold star on an armband of black cloth to enhance public recognition for the loss of their children in World War I.  Since then, millions of families have tragically traded in blue stars for heroes fighting for America for gold stars of the fallen ‑‑ a badge of honor they wished they would never have to hold.
Although they have suffered unimaginable sorrow, Gold Star families have charged forward with inspiring strength and determination, giving selflessly to their communities and our country.  They support our men and women in uniform, our wounded warriors, and our veterans.  Their unselfish leadership fosters patriotism and encourages us to consider what we can do to be better citizens.”
Today, we honor the memory of Major Stephen Reich.  While trying to rescue an elite U.S. military team that still remains missing in the mountains of Kunar province, MAJ Reich of Washington Depot, Conn. was one of 16 troops killed when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down. The soldiers were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) from Georgia.
Today, we honor the courage  and fortitude of Major Reich’s mother who continues to work tirelessly to honor veterans in many ways, one of which is as President of the Board of Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Thank you, Sue, for being a leader in all you do to honor the memory of those brave men and women lost to us forever and to comfort and honor those brave men and women whom we can wrap with comfort and healing.

Friday, September 21, 2018

2019 QOVF Annual Conference

Start making your plans…

Two exciting conference days with something for everyone! Two easy steps to get started!
  1. Pre-register for the 2019 QOVF Annual Conference (no payment required now). Once the schedule is finalized you must submit and official registration to sign up for specific sessions, classes, and activities. Click Here for PreRegistration Form
Pre-registration closes December 10, 2018.
 ** Watch your email for a request for your ideas and suggestions! The Conference ’19 team wants to make the conference the best ever for you, but we cannot do that without your help. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire when you receive it. Thank you!
Official Registration will open in January 2019.
  1. Reserve your hotel room at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A dedicated booking website has been created and you can make, modify and cancel your hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities, or other services offered by the hotel.

You may extend your stay three days prior to and three days after our conference at the reduced rate.  Credit card information is required to hold the reservation; however, there will be NO charge to your credit card until you check in.

Hotel Reservations close July 18, 2019.

See you in Grand Rapids, MI next August!
Start making your plans now!

Questions?  Email

The Conference Planning committee invites you to give us your feedback, thoughts, and ideas to help plan our 2019 QOVF Annual Conference scheduled for August 19 – 20, 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI.
We want to make the conference the best ever for you, but we cannot do that without your help.
Share your ideas and suggestions. Tell us what you think!
The on-line feedback form takes about  5 minutes to complete. No names or email addresses are needed to provide feedback.  Click here to fill out the questionnaire.
The on-line questionnaire will be available until October 3, 2018.
We always welcome your suggestions. Please contact us anytime at
We look forward to hearing from you!
Saundra Chambers, QOVF Special Events Coordinator, C'19 Conference Co-Chair
Renelda Peldunas-Harter, Vice President, QOVF Board of Directors, C'19 Conference Co-Chair