We started this project of making our "Thank You for Your Service" quilts a couple of years ago and so far we've gifted our quilts to deployed soldiers.The first year to a soldier who was deployed in Afghanistan and last year to a married couple deployed in Iraq.
This year we decided that our recipient would be a local White Bear Lake resident and WWII veteran, Bob Clemens. With a little help from Bob's wife, Mary Nell, Bob thought he was just coming to the school to speak to the second graders about his time in the military as a pilot. He had no idea we were about to surprise him with our special quilt.
The students could not have been more excited about Bob's visit! Sitting on the floor of the commons were several of the second grade classes all ready to hear Bob tell them about his experiences flying planes during the war. We also learned that Bob was an only child, and because of that, he had the option of not going to war. (I'd never heard that before) Instead he chose to serve his country and enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. He became a pilot and flew 50 missions in 1944 in about a three month time period.
The kids got to ask questions when he was done speaking...I think my favorite question was "Was it scary flying airplanes since they had just been invented?"
And then of course...the best part....we got to surprise Bob and tell him about our very special quilt project and present it to him.
|Receiving his quilt|
|Such an honor to be able to say "Thank you for your service".|
It was truly a beautiful and emotional event that I feel honored to have a part in ...
Thank you for your service, Bob....from the bottom of our hearts.