In Ft Collins on Memorial Day Weekend the Realities Ride for Children occurs. It is a huge fundraiser for over 30 Children's Charities, and they also honor and Remember our Veterans.
I was invited to come be a participant this year as a Representative of Quilts of Valor, and we decided that it would not only be good to talk about what QOV is, but to let the crowd see a presentation.... and did these people make us (The Vet and myself) feel like Rock Stars!!
They had us up on Stage - so as I am talking about Quilts of Valor,
my husband and a Friend ( another Veteran as well)
held the quilt up so the whole audience could see it
Usually I get a little nervous in front of that many people
( I can hide it well - but stage fright is so real)
This time the lights were so bright to illuminate us
the people were just faceless shadows... that was SO easy to talk to!!
Then the President of Realities For Children
Introduced our Veteran
He was a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam
he was a part of the Hill Fights of Khe Sahn
( Go google it.... it;s ok - I'll wait)
Here were are (Above)
wrapping him in his quilt as the Audience is going wild - and the little grin on his face
Oh! My ! Stars! you all - was totally priceless!!
I'm back there - I promise
I can see my feet
I read the Commendation from Quilts of Valor to him
And Welcomed him home
He then took the mike
and as he is also well award of the meaning of Memorial day
he brought us all to tears
He not only expressed his appreciation
He accepted this Quilt on Behalf of his Fallen Brothers who did not make it home
and on Behalf of those Brothers who did, but were not treated well
I know this is blurry
But I hope you can see his Smile
It was just the best night !!
and as soon as we were finished
the Color Guard came and presented the color
and an Air Force Airman sang the National Anthem
And a HUGE fireworks display was set off
PS!! Don't forget Wednesday there will be a link up for all of you to share your QOV projects too!!!