By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten
When a Quilt of Valor is presented to a veteran, it is typically draped over him or her to symbolize a hug. It is meant to honor and comfort service members and those touched by war or conflict. Last week, 13 patriotic quilts were awarded to area veterans of different military branches and war eras by the Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild. The majority were given at special ceremonies on Nov. 3.
In one of the biggest Quilt of Valor presentations by the guild, those veterans in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin receiving quilts included:
•Budd Tieman, Prairie du Chien, Navy, Vietnam
•Dallas Valley, Prairie du Chien, Army National Guard, Vietnam
•Laura Moore, Prairie du Chien, Crawford County Veterans Service Officer, Army, Persian Gulf
•Kurt Kravchuk, Prairie du Chien, Marines, served 1982-86—in honor of Barton D. Bonn, Marines, Persian Gulf (presented privately Saturday)