By Alicia Cavazos
In 2003 Catherine Roberts, founder of the Quilts of Valor Foundation had a dream while her son was deployed to Iraq. The following is her account of the dream:
“I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and wellbeing.”
The Foundation has given 169,315 of these beautiful hand sewn quilts as of October 2nd to veterans and current service members.
Weiser’s very own Senior Center has become a part of this foundation. The foundation finds it’s recipient through people in the community who will nominate a service member to receive a quilt. The foundations mission is to “Cover all of Veterans who have served.” Our local quilts are made by: Connie Lang, Trina Leininger, Linda Smith and Barbara Goff. These ladies dressed in their matching patriotic tops and jewelry are the organizers of the local Quilt of Valor presentations to recognize our local veterans and servicemen.
On Friday September 29th Frank F. Kanady, a resident of Weiser, was the recipient for Weiser’s 39th Quilt of Valor. Frank served in the US Airforce, A1C Airman 1st Class from March 1951-January 1960. Through Kanady’s years of service he was able to travel the world but Spain was his favorite place to serve. While being stationed in New Mexico Kanady witnessed the testing of the first atomic bomb. Kanady remembers how much power this nuclear bomb had by seeing how the rocks changed into glass. With the excitement and love Frank has for this country, he decided at the young age of 16 he was going to enlist in the service. However, the Air Force has an enlistment age of 18. When the Air Force discovered Kanady’s age, he was sent home to wait a few more years before he could enlist. Of all the beauty of the world Frank was able to experience he was “always glad to be back home in Weiser, Idaho.” Frank is glad to live in Weiser with his beautiful wife of over 50 years.
Connie Lang is the creator of the 39th quilt which she stated took 2 months to make. The foundation will welcome all money and fabric donations to be used in the making of the next quilt. Pease contact the Weiser Senior Center 208-414-0750 or stop in at 115 E Main St to make your donation or even stop by for lunch.
Thank you to our Servicemen and Women and the Veterans in our community! We appreciate your commitment and your service to our beautiful country!