Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Finger Lakes Quilts of Valor Foundation representatives Barb Frost and Karen Dobbs recently for a dedication ceremony at Greece Town Hall.
The ceremony honored World War II veteran Bill Echert and his grandson Matthew Needler, an Afghanistan War veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation started in 2003 to bring comfort and healing to servicemen and women. Founder Catherine Roberts started the process of gathering volunteers who were willing to donate their time and talent to stitch quilts for veterans.
The first quilt was presented in November 2003 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. The Foundation has grown to over 200 chapters across the country since then. It has dedicated over 151,000 quilts to veterans who have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Quilt of Valor ceremony served as a testament and a constant reminder of the countless sacrifices our men and women in uniform both past and present have done defending our freedom and liberties,” Reilich said. “It was an honor to participate in this moving ceremony honoring both Bill and Matthew for their service. As a son of a WWII veteran, I know firsthand of the sacrifices that our veterans have given defending our great nation. Thank you to Barb, Karen and the volunteers from the Quilts of Valor Foundation for their great work in honoring our nation’s veterans.”
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