About a month ago, I received two requests to present Quilts of Valor to some gentlemen. They both happened to live in Denver, and I needed to go to Denver to pick up my son for Thanksgiving. ( You can cheer... I did!!!)
So I figured that I would coordinate all of these things on the same day. In the olden days, I lived in a large town. But large town ( okay City) thinking has all but disappeared from my brain, as the town we live outside of now - is about 7 miles square.
It is a good thing people are nice to me, and remind me that Denver is large... it took me 30 minutes to get from one Veteran to the other, and 45 minutes to get to the airport. Who Remembered that Cities could be so LARGE? BUT they did have a Tokyo Joes, and a Starbucks - so we were good ;-)
The first Veteran I met - Wow - If he was to set the tone for the day - you knew it would be AWESOME!
He was a WWII, Korea and VietNam Veteran. He was a pilot, and although he could not remember what he had for breakfast, he could tell you his wingman's name, rank and serial number. I have to tell you how impressed I was. He and his wife sat down to talk with me, and he started telling stories. If his family would have let me, I would have stayed ALL day. His stories were amazing!! and By the way - the WHOLE family was there, down to the great grandkids.
And then I got to go to the second Veterans house. Oh. My. Gosh. The day just couldn't get any better! His wife and daughter were there. ( by the way my two youngest boys were with me!) This gentleman served... WWII, Korea, VietNam, and was part of the Space Program. You all - the History!!! But better yet - the love of our country. I wish I knew how to teach this to every student.
And that was the icing on the cake!
Thank you to all the quiltmakers who make this happen. You all touched not only the Veterans but the whole family in both of these cases. You allowed my children to see History, and learn all about Love of Country!