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Quilts of Valor Dedication Ceremony

By on February 21, 2017

On February 14, 2017, at the Greece Town Hall, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Barb Frost and Karen Dobbs, two representatives from the Finger Lakes Quilts of Valor Foundation for a dedication ceremony in honor of Bill Echert, a World War II veteran, and his grandson Matthew Needler, a War in Afghanistan veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream of bringing comfort and healing to our men and women in uniform. Founder Catherine Roberts began the process of gathering volunteers who were willing to donate their time and talent to stitch quilts for our veterans. The first quilt created by the Quilts of Valor Foundation was presented in November of 2003 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. Since then, the Foundation has grown to over 200 chapters across the country and has dedicated over 151,000 quilts to veterans who have served from the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Today’s 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. It was an honor to participate in this moving ceremony honoring both Bill and Matthew for their service.  As a son of a World War II veteran, I know first-hand 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,” Reilich said.

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