On December 20, The Quilts of Valor Foundation, Hearth and Home Valor Gals of McMinnville and Amedisys Hospice, honored Vietnam Veteran and Tracy City resident Johnny Hoback with a Quilt of Valor. In attendance were members of the American Legion, area veterans, Tracy City Aldermen and employees, Amedisys Hospice representatives, and members of Hoback’s family.
Hoback served with the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
The Quilts of Valor movement started in 2003, by a quilter named Catherine Roberts. Catherine’s son, Nate, was deployed in Iraq. One night, as Catherine slept, she had a dream of a young solider hunched over and sitting on the edge of his cot. She could tell his attitude was one of despair. In the next scene, he was draped in a quilt, and his attitude had changed to one of hope and well-being. So, she came up with the phrase “Quilts = Healing.” Since that time, over 207, 710 quilts have been awarded to deserving veterans. Each quilt is designed uniquely; no two are the same.
Wrapped in their very own Quilt of Valor, veterans across the nation have been receiving tangible gifts of love and appreciation from quilters. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
During the Presentation, Lisa Davis, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator/WHV Coordinator, stated, “A Quilt of Valor is a formal expression of appreciation from a grateful nation. This quilt is an expression of gratitude meant to thank you and comfort you. We honor you for leaving all you hold dear to serve, whether in time of crisis or in time of peace. This Quilt of Valor unequivocally says ‘thank you’ for your service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our great United States of America. On behalf of Amedisys Hospice, Quilts of Valor, and Hearth and Home Valor Gals, we ap-preciate what you have done for our country and thank you for allowing us to recognize you.”
Mr. Hoback said, “This day will last me a lifetime. I have never been more honored.”