Ten patriots from MOPH Chapter 531, northeast Georgia were honored with “Quilts of Valor” from the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Athens / Oconee Chapter on September 25, 2019 at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia. Patriot honorees (L-R) John Dowd, Don Harris, John Cranmer, L.T. Crawford, Mike Boyd, Tom Graham, Bowles Dean, Ed Fulghum, Jim Goff, and Jim Wood. The very patriotic and emotionally moving ceremony was conducted by QOVF Coordinator, Anne Flippen. The Clarke Central High School JROTC presented the quilts. Chilling bagpipe music was performed by Dan Wilson for this beautiful ceremony.
Three Chapter members were awarded Quilts of Valor on 13 February by Quilts of Valor Foundation members Anne Flippen and Farol Nesmith.
MOPH Chapter 531, NE GA, members John McGilvray (red cover / white shirt) and Brian West (purple cover) , both U.S. Marines and wounded in 1968 in Vietnam were honored with a Quilt of Valor from the Quilt of Valor Foundation at very patriotic ceremonies at Lyndon House, Athens, GA, on August 15, 2018. A local ROTC unit did the presentation of the quilts. Anne Flippen, Athens/Oconee Co. Coordinator, conducted the ceremonies. The mission of the Quilts of Honor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Chapter 531 Patriot, Gunnery Sgt., USMC (retired), W.C. Moncus, Korean War Veteran of the Frozen Chosin Reservoir was honored along with four other veterans with a “Quilt of Valor” from the Quilts of Valor Foundation presented on 12-13-207 at the Lyndon House in Athens, GA.
MOPH Chapter 531, Patriot, U.S. Navy, Captain (retired) John Hancock, WWII veteran and participant in the Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Midway, aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown was presented a “Quilt of Honor” by The Elijah Clarke Chapter DAR in Athens, GA on November 16, 2017.
Heather De Los Santos, Volunteer Coordinator for Homestead Hospice, and Patriot Brian West presented 94 year old WWII US Army veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a “Quilt of Valor”, WWII Victory Challenge Coin, Homestead Hospice recognition pin and certificate of honor at the veteran’s home in Auburn, GA on June 26, 2017. The veteran’s son and daughter-in-law were present for the awards, and very grateful for the recognition that he received.
Chapter 531 Patriots, Brian West (L) and John Cranmer (R) pose for Homestead Hospice pinning ceremony for a Vietnam Era Army Veteran in Toccoa, GA, June 20, 2017. The client received a Homestead Hospice / American flag pin, a beautiful Quilt of Valor, two challenge coins, and a certificate. The veteran and his family were very appreciative of the honors and gifts.
MOPH Chapter 531 NE GA has three Patriots that do regular veteran volunteer visitations for Homestead Hospice – Athens, Jim Wood, John Cranmer, and Brian West. On March 27, 2017 John Cranmer and Brian West joined up with Homestead Hospice – Athens, Volunteer Coordinator, Heather De Los Santos for a “pinning” of two new hospice veterans at the Oaks of Braselton in Hoschton, GA. One of the men was a 99 year old WWII US Army Veteran. The other was a 90 year old USMC Korean War Veteran. Each of the men were presented with a “Homestead Hospice American Flag Pin”, a “Quilt of Valor”, and a challenge coin. The WWII vet’s challenge coin was a “WWII Victory Coin”. The…