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On June 19 at Dee and Tina Lake’s residence in Brookings, a group of friends gathered to enjoy an ocean and river view along with a garden-lawn presentation of a Quilt of Valor to Dee Lake. 

Two Azalea Quilters Guild members, Doni Boyd and Jacquie Hullinger presented the quilt.  

“We believe in you for what you have done for us,” the quilters said. “You are not alone, nor forgotten. Our presentation of this quilt to you is followed by our wrapping you in it, signifying honor and comfort. We give you thanks and warm appreciation. There are no hugs this year during the coronavirus restrictions; we are hugging you in our hearts.”          

The quilters gladly donate their time making these quilts because they believe those who serve in the U.S. military deserve thanks. The recipient is to remember that someone they might not know worked on the quilt for them. 

The beautiful afternoon closed with visiting and enjoying an array of refreshments prepared and served by Tina Lake. 

Quilts of Valor was established in 2003. Since then, it has awarded over 250,000 quilts in appreciation of military service for our country. The quilters say it is their pleasure to thank our men and women for their service and also is an opportunity to thank family and friends for their support. 

The following are recent Quilt of Valor nominees: Mel R. Geney, Larry A. Johnson, Teressa Lyn (Owens) Hoch, Lyle Kent Owens, Frank Allen Hernandez, Karl Donald Johnson, Richard George McCoskey, Michell L. Knight, Jamie Brassard, Theodore Olson, John Marshall, Craig D. Koenig-Dent, Don J. May, Paul John Borda, Robert Leslie Chambers, Milton Earl Chambers, Eldon Arthur Chambers, William Pratt, Paul Hoynacki, Ron Plumlee, Skip Tyler, Charles Leslie, Rebecca Joan Baker, John Gary Baxter, John B. Grindvold, William Samuel Witt, James Allan Haggerty, Dee Jay Lake, David Raymond Hitzman, Donald Walter Thuren, Mitch Danforth, Carlo Alberto Pelaccio, Gerry Livingston, Sandy Schoppert and Leon Gochanour.

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