Quilt of Valor presentation

                                                         Photo by Shari Harris
George Hooker stands “covered” by his Quilt of Valor.
By Shari Harris

Members of Licking VFW Post 6337 and Ladies Auxiliary were witnesses to a special presentation of a Quilt of Valor to one of the VFW members on Monday, Dec. 30. Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star recipient George Hooker was honored, as VFW commander Billie Krewson covered Hooker’s shoulders with the quilt. Krewson also delivered a hug from the quilt’s maker, long-time friend of Hooker, Nancy Wright.
Hooker served from 1965-68 in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He started as a paratrooper but was moved to artillery out of necessity, when his services were needed there.
Nancy Wright, who worked on the quilt for about two years, is from Winston-Salem, N.C. and has known the Hookers for decades. Nancy and husband, Richard Wright, stood up as witnesses when George married his wife, Kathy Hooker, 49 years ago.
George Hooker likened the Vietnam era to the current divisiveness in our country, saying forces were trying to “rent asunder” the fiber of our nation. “That’s not the way this game is played,” he added.
At least two other members of Licking VFW Post 6337 have been awarded Quilts of Valor. In 2019, in addition to Hooker’s quilts, 33,374 others were awarded. Over 240,000 quilts have been given since 2003, when the idea of the quilts was first actualized. Catherine Roberts, whose dream was fulfilled with the establishment of the Quilt of Valor Foundation, believed quilts would equal healing.
“A Quilt of Valor would say ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor’ in serving our nation in combat,” said Roberts, whose quilts have spread from her home in Seaford, Del., across the nation over the ensuing years.
In 2005, the Quilt of Valor Foundation became a non-profit, led by a volunteer board of directors. Their stated mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Quilts of Valor, quilting requirements or how to nominate a service member or veteran touched by war for a Quilt of Valor, you can find this and more at www.qovf.org. You can also learn how to become a member, volunteer or donate to the foundation.



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