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By Fern Greenbank
LOG Editor 

Local veterans receive Quilts of Valor

 

Courtesy JoAnn Ferrel

Doug Ferrel is presented with a Quilt of Valor at a surprise party organized by his wife, JoAnn.

Last week, local veterans Doug Ferrel and DJ Harvey got quite a surprise. The veterans were honored with Quilts of Valor at a surprise gathering at Zudy's Cafe.

Ferrel's wife, JoAnn, orchestrated a surprise by telling her husband he was going to a Chamber meeting.

"I knew if I said we were going to dinner he would change his mind," said JoAnn. "I really got him with this one."

A friend of the Ferrel's, Lisa Eichorn, nominated Ferrel from her home in Alabama. In turn, JoAnn nominated their good friend DJ Harvey because he, too, is a wounded veteran.

Courtesy JoAnn Ferrel

DJ Harvey receives his quilt, beside his wife, Tina, after being nominated by Ferrel's wife, JoAnn.

The Quilt of Valor national organization was started in a Delaware sewing room by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts. Her son was deployed to Iraq and she wanted to do something to honor veterans.

These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor, are one way the country could show its appreciation, the organization says. Since 2003, Quilts of Valor has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with wounded combat warriors and veterans.

There is a vast network of quilters that make the quilts when a veteran is nominated. Ferrel and Harvey's quilts were made by Nancy Rowland in Palmer and Carol Bennett in Wasilla. They were presented by Sgt. Gene K. Geren to two very surprised veterans.

As of January 2014, there have been more than 95,000 quilts awarded to service members and veterans. Congratulations to Doug Ferrel and DJ Harvey on their appreciation gifts.

 

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