“As a college student, I wore a bracelet in remembrance of you and other Americans held in captivity in Vietnam.”
Following is the background story on a quilt that my sister and I presented (by mail) to a VietNamVeteran before Christmas. The pattern that we used to piece the top is called “Remembrance”
As a college student, I wore a bracelet in remembrance of you and other Americans held in captivity in Vietnam. My bracelet bore your name. I was very happy to remove my bracelet when you were released in 1973.
Flash forward over 3 1/2 decades to 2009. For the past three years, my sister and I have been making QOVs for returning American soldiers. When going through some files a few months ago, I came across the news article that I had saved for 36 years that listed the POW's being released with your name among them. Although you have occasionally been in my thoughts all these many years, it wasn't until that day when I re-read the article that I realized we must present you with a QOV. How excited we have been at the thought of you opening the box and accepting our gift to you!
The quilt combines the workmanship of three people, my sister and I pieced the top and Jonnie in Georgia quilted it. When I approached Jonnie and gave her the background information about the POW bracelet, she was very pleased to be a part, especially because she had lost her "first love" to the Vietnam war.
So you see, there is much more involved in this quilt than fabric and stitches. This Quilt of Valor is filled with love and appreciation. Please accept this token of our appreciation. It is our way of honoring you and saying "THANK YOU" for your service to preserve our freedom. You have not been forgotten!
K Z, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
S H, Galloway, NJ
We were thrilled to receive the following reply from Lt. Commander RB:
“It was a wonderful surprise to receive the beauti- ful quilt. It really warms my heart to realize that we have such dedicated patriots in our country such as yourselves.
I will remember your kindness always.
Thank you very much!!”
SH Galloway, New Jersey