Veterans receive Quilt of Valor

 

Quilts of Valor, an organization dedicated to honoring veterans all across America, awarded five quilts to residents of Creamery Brook at a ceremony on May 21, 2017. Ernie Buck (Army), John Sisco (Army), David McClary (Coast Guard), Robert Reese (Navy), and Richard Masi (Navy) were joined by fellow residents, staff, family and friends as they each received a beautiful red, white and blue handmade quilt from the Connecticut QOV chapter. Attendees enjoyed a brief history of each veteran – stories of time spent in stations from Germany to Pearl Harbor; details of duties in a variety of fields, from heavy workman’s infantry to search and rescue; and reports of how these men served their country, from peacetime to armed conflicts including the Korean War.

Quilts of Valor has been awarding quilts since 2003. Jan Roberta, a representative from the Connecticut chapter, said that last year they made 200 quilts with accompanying pillowcases. She attributes their success to donations from various organizations and individuals as well as the generosity of Stitch Chicks, a quilt shop in Franklin, CT, where their group meets once a month.

The “warmth” of the beautiful quilts was felt from the very beginning of the ceremony as each quilt was wrapped around the shoulders of the veterans, followed by a hug to thank them for their service and sacrifice. The quilts are quality-made, never tied, always hand or machine quilted. “They are made to be handed down for generations and to see a family such as Bob Reese’s, with four generations looking on as he received his quilt, brings us great joy,” said Jan.

 

“This is one of my favorite events at Creamery Brook,” says Mary Decyk, recreation director at Creamery Brook. “To see the beautiful quilts and listen to the amazing stories of how these brave people served our country is an inspiring combination and everyone feels it.”

The first QOV ceremony at Creamery Brook was on Veteran’s Day, 2015, and one has been held every year since. Mary reports that she is organizing a summer fundraiser to help Quilts of Valor bring more warmth, healing and thanks to future veterans. “It’s the least we at Creamery Brook can do for all they have done for us,” said Mary.

For more information about volunteering or donating to Quilts of Valor visit qovf.org or contact Creamery Brook at 860-779-8700.