Quilts of Valor

by Cindy Hudson

Army, Navy and Air Force veterans from the Moscow Church were presented with Quilts of Valor. (Back row, from left) Brian Riggs (Army), Tom Mathews (Navy), Dennis Matthews (Army). (Middle row, from left) Norm Metzker (Army), Dan Richardson (Army), Allan Segebartt (Army), Jerry Emerson (Navy), David Smith (Navy). (Front row, from left) Mary Abbott for David Abbott (Army), Chet Reitz (Army), Gene Lombardo (Air Force). Not pictured Don Mikesell (Army).                        

MOSCOW, Idaho, November 19, 2014  -  Eleven United States military veterans of the Moscow (Idaho) Church were presented Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor Foundation was begun by Catherine Roberts of Delaware after her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq. Her desire was to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved.

Thankfully, between 1953 and 2007 the Moscow Church veterans had come home. But two years ago church member Patrice Jacobson came up with the idea of making each Moscow veteran a quilt of honor; with the help of Nancy Matthews the quilts were made. “Our veterans may have been home for years, but we still wanted them to know how much they were appreciated by their church family,” said Jacobson.

Each veteran was presented his quilt during the church service on November 8, 2014, by a youth member of the congregation. Two of the veterans were presented quilts by their grandchildren and one veteran received his quilt from his oldest son. Stan Hudson, Moscow Church pastor, said “we are truly blessed to have these heroes in our church.”