Good day everyone,
Today is September 11 and, of course, we all remember the events surrounding this day in 2001. Today is also Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.
I have chosen this day to share with you a quilt made back in 1990-1991. This quilt was the efforts through a support group, North Shore Support Group for Desert Shield, Inc., to show appreciation and gratitude for our service people deployed to the Persian Gulf. Here is a copy of the original statement that accompanied the quilt.
And here are a few pictures of the actual quilt which I have in my possession.
This quilt took several months to complete but when finished, boy did it travel. It proudly hung in the Boston State capitol building for several weeks as well as many, many various Boston area community city and town halls. It would typically hang for about one week and then move on to the next destination. The unveiling of the quilt display always coincided with some sort of function or dedication and many times included a visit by returning service people so honored to see their names on the quilt.
When the quilt hung at the city call in Lynn, someone actually noticed Norman Grant’s name, contacted his father and then I received a call from Mr. Grant, Sr. thanking me for not forgetting his son who gave his life in Viet Nam. He mentioned to me that he could not believe that after 23 years, someone still remembered Norm. I think out of the entire experience, this was truly the best.
When the quilt’s tour was over, it was returned to me with the plans to have it delivered and displayed at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. However, that never did take place. Fortunately, the conflict ended and our service people returned back home, one by one. The group’s intention was to meet and greet each and every returning service person at the airport in Boston. Can’t tell you how many trips my children and I made into the airport, always proving to be such an emotional time but so well worth our efforts.
The quilt has been in my possession ever since. I take it out every year, hang it on the clothesline, take more pictures and certainly reflect back on that turbulent time. Over the past 24 years I have attempted to find somewhere to display the quilt but have been unsuccessful. So if anyone in the Boston area has any ideas or suggestions how I could go about getting it on display again, please contact me. I think it deserves to make its home in a place of honor. Also if anyone wants more information on the quilt or the names, I’d be happy to help.