Quilt of Valor given to William Holden
More than 160 Quilts of Valor have been given out by the Blooming Prairie Quilts of Valor program since 2014.
More quilts were scheduled to be given out on Memorial Weekend but because of the coronavirus, the official presentation of more quilts has been delayed.
One was delivered early last week because of health issues of the recipient. U.S. Navy veteran William Holden, 77, accepted the quilt from Shirley Nelson of the VFW Auxiliary. Nelson pieced the quilt and Bev Wacek did the quilting.
Holden, a member of American Legion Post 52 in Blooming Prairie, served two deployments in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. He served as a sonar technician on the USS John A. Bole. His duty was on the South China seas and Vietnam.
Prior to beginning active duty in 1962, Holden was a member of the Naval Reserves in La Crosse.
Bill and wife Karen moved to Blooming Prairie from Shell Lake, Wis. in September of 2017.
"It was a very pleasant surprise," said Karen when Shirley Nelson brought the Quilt of Valor to the Holdens' doorstep.
Chris Butler is the originator of the Quilts of Valor program in Blooming Prairie. Since Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2014, the local quilting group has made more than 160 Quilts of Valor and given them ceremonially to deserving members of the military.
Paying tribute to the creators of the beautiful quilts, Butler said, "These women have put their hearts, time and talents into these quilts."
The Quilts of Valor Foundation was started nationally with a Blue Star mother, Catherine Roberts of Seaford, Delaware in 2003.
The first quilt the foundation made was for a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost a leg in Iraq in 2003.