(Melissa) Following the Washington Nationals game on Saturday, I had the honor and privilege of presenting Andrew (Drew) Henderson with his Quilt of Honor.
He was completely surprised as his wife Jeanne and I had just a few days to plan this.
We got a chance to talk about his service (US Navy) and his proud family history of service. His grandfather was in the RAF, his father served in WWII and Korea, as did his uncle.
Drew, we thank you for your service.
Thank you also to all who helped put this together.
(Kelly Ann) On Friday, July 12, 2013 we were able to participate in our first presentation of a quilt to one of our Wounded Warriors. Angie arranged with the Marine's wife to at meet at the Marine Corps Museum at 6:30.
We arrived early to find an event breaking up. Lots of military personnel in uniforms were leaving and with luck we spotted a Marine officer who was willing to stay and participate in the quilt presentation. What we didn't know when Angie asked the officer to give us a hand is that he was Lt. General George Flynn and was just about the nicest guy, hanging and chatting with us while we waited for our honoree to arrive.
When GySgt Travis Green arrived General Flynn turned all of the focus on him.
While chatting with Julie Green about their future and where they were moving, she explained that they would be building a house with the assistance of the Gary Sinise Foundation and Tunnels to Towers Foundation. We were so happy that we were able to present this quilt as GySgt Green retires from the USMC this month and will be moving his family out of town.
On a personal note, this was a very humbling experience and my father was ever present in my mind as we thanked this young Marine and his family for the sacrifices they made for our country.
Some photos courtesy Rick Martin Photography
The work of many hands produced these Hugs of Gratitude