Many of you know that we have been working hard to build our quilt stash for the Traveling Wall coming to Stockton from June 29th thru July 3rd. We only have to travel 35 minutes and we will have a booth. We brought out the Quilt of Honor Trailer with our new decals and of course my truck got a good bath so we would shine traveling down the road. Thank God my veteran brother, Lou, was waiting for us to help us park and get our booth up. Lou is a true blessing to me and Quilts of Honor.
We got our booth “kinda” set up and then went to see the Wall. The other blessing, Flo’s husband’s name, Johnny O. Brooks, had been added to the Wall. It wasn’t on the Wall 2 years ago so it meant so much that it was there in his hometown.
They had a beautiful ceremony with Native Americans blessing the Wall and a ribbon cutting ceremony and a walk of Vietnam veterans and spouses. Flo walked with Lou – she honored Johnny and Lou.
For quite a while I have wanted to award Assemblywoman Eggman a quilt. She is a US Army veteran and does great work for the community and our State. She wasn’t surprised to see me but she was when I took her hand and said, “I have something for you.” She replied, “No”, because she knew what was about to happen. I saw tears in her eyes and I knew we ‘did good’. I told her an Army veteran nurse, Betsy, had pieced the quilt and she asked if she was here so she could thank her. I told her I would tell Betsy that Assemblywoman Eggmen thought it was so cool that her quilt was made by two female veterans.
We have already gotten to see many friends. We saw Bob and Judy from Linden and Bob made sure he sent a gentleman named Sandy over. Sandy and his granddaughter make flag pins and he awarded Flo and me pins which was cool.
We quit early as the next few days are going to be busy and I’m sure there will be many stories. So, stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .