The Quilts of Valor National Sew Day brought 35 registrations for the event. About 30 ladies were piecing the blocks together for approximately 20 quilt tops. Some of the quilters brought in finished quilt tops to be forwarded to our long-arm quilters. We had at least five finished quilts brought in ready to be awarded to our deserving veterans.

We were fortunate and honored to be able to award Quilts of Valor to Kenneth D. Ebsen of Oxford. Kenneth served in the United States Army from 1959-1961. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in A-Troop of the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron of the 4th US Calvary. He drove an Armored Personnel Carrier and obtained the rank of SP4 E4.

A Quilt of Valor was also awarded to Michael Swansby of Wisconsin Dells. Michael served in the United States Army from 1968-1969 in Bein Houk Airbase and then sent to Long Binh, Vietnam as part of the 3rd Ordnance Battalion. Mike was a Sgt. in the 826 Ord. and ran a projectile crew. They loaded 155, 175, 8 inch shells for flatbed trailers for convoys. They worked days for three weeks and switched to nights for three weeks.

Thank you both for your service and welcome home. If you know of a veteran who is deserving of a Quilt of Valor, please contact Joanne Van Wie at 608-393-0354 or Barbara Sigmund at 608-963-5628 or 608-254-2658. We will get an application to you to complete and arrange to award the Quilt of Valor. Our mission is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

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In 2018, 28,738 Quilts of Valor were awarded nationwide. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this worthwhile endeavor.

We would also like to thank the local businesses and restaurants who supplied the lunch. Holiday Wholesale for the cookies and plates, Walgreens for the soda and water, Dunkin' Donuts for the donuts and coffee, Maurer's Market for the ice and vegie tray, Monks for the chili, the Country Keg for the chicken noodle soup, Chalet Lanes for the ham and bean soup, Myrt and Lucy's Chat N Chew for the beef noodle soup, Great Harvest bread for the loaves of bread, and Culver's for the custard. Everything was awesome. We also like to thank the following businesses for the donations: Bank of Wisconsin Dells, American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, Welcome Home of Portage and Ardyth's Sew N Shoppe of Baraboo.

Barbara Sigmund, Wisconsin Dells

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