Meet Rosemary Daws from Texas, shown here wrapped in a Quilt of Valor and Love!
Sometimes the most unexpected things unfold when we attend events like this.
I have always believed that quilting is much more than fabric, thread, machines and patterns. The best part of quilting is our relationships with others.
The story goes that Pepper Cory (shown here with Rosemary) was talking about quilts along with some of her own family history, and mentioned the military service of her father.
And then in a small voice someone (aka. Rosemary!) pipes up and says “I am a Vietnam Veteran”.
Before we knew it, Pepper had grabbed Kaye England, who is our backbone and facilitator at this event, and Kaye says that she will take care of it!
She calls up Rita Pennington, who is the Land of Lincoln coordinator for Quilts of Valor here in Illinois, and she arranges an impromptu Quilt of Valor “wrapping” as a surprise for Rosemary (And all who were not in the KNOW that this was going to happen) at our silent auction event last night which is raising money for breast cancer research.
Good things happen when we gather together to quilt with one another!
Rosemary being presented!
Isn’t this priceless?
And yes, I caught more, but you might have to turn the volume up to hear Rosemary explain what her role as an army nurse was during this time in her life.
The one thing that struck my heart was how she said “For 40 years I haven’t talked about this because no one wanted to hear about Vietnam.”
I can’t imagine carrying that around for 40 years. Bless you, Rosemary! Thank you for letting us in on your history, and thank you so very much for your service.
Here is my video, you may get a giggle out of Pam Holland’s head as she walked right in front of me while I was filming to take her own photos. LOL!
Rosemary was the nurse who answered the phone call during Hamburger Hill, and they told her there would be 300 casualties coming in, and she was in a mobile unit that only had 60 beds. Can you imagine?
Next time you are in a group of women and men like this –remember, we know not what their past has been like. We don’t know what they’ve been through, or how their service has had an impact on the freedoms we hold so dear, or even take greatly for granted today.
Thank a veteran!
And consider making a Quilt of Valor. These quilts are needed and given and wrapped around our veterans every day.
Cocoon Staff and the Land of Lincoln Quilt of Valor gals!
Thank you for heeding the call and coming on the spur of the moment!
My 3 days of workshops are over, and today I am the one giving the lunch lecture. It’s a tough act to follow, I tell you!
Pam’s power point presentation was amazing!
So thoughtful, and inspirational, sharing her journey!
If you have a chance to hear her speak, DO IT!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage fan quilt found in Michigan.
At the end of Pam’s presentation she had this quote that I just HAD to go look up. It’s by Austin Kleon. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started! Is that powerful or what?
You don't need to have it all figured out to start making progress towards where you want to be. If we wait until we are ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives!
Have a terrific Thursday, everyone!