By Jack James
The room was filled with friends and family Thursday at the Lavaca Senior Citizens building to honor a special man. Leaders from the group called Quilts of Valor took the stage to present a surprised Gene Clearwater with one of their special quilts, sewn with love and respect from quilters who are members of this wonderful club.
Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. Over 193,000 have been made and presented in all fifty states of the United States of America.
Master of Ceremonies was Sue Anderson who made a short speech to the crowd and highlighted what the life of a veteran does for us. It includes honor, sacrifice, comfort and the fact that freedom isn’t free. Along with members Marsha Beat and Karen Richardson, Gene was presented this beautiful quilt. It was made by the Conway chapter of QOV. Gene was nominated by Thomas Douglas, son of Sedalia and the late Charlie Douglas of Lavaca.
Gene served in Korea and also in Vietnam. He was very surprised and honored to receive this honor and we are very proud and honored to thank him for his great service.