At the December 13 Holiday Party, Fred Hodge and Ed Michael were recognized for their military service by the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) with the presentation of specially hand-made quilts created my Myra Coddens, a QOVF volunteer and member of the Gary Borger TU chapter.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing “Quilts of Valor.” Since the foundation’s 2003 inception, over 177,100 quilts have been awarded. Fred flew with the Air Force from 1956–1959 and then became a commercial pilot, flying for United Airlines. The Boeing 727 he flew regularly to Alaska in on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Fred’s quilt features a pattern called “Dilbert’s Glory” and incorporates fabric featuring military airplanes. Ed served in the Marines from 1966–1970. His quilt is from a pattern called “A Tribute to Yoda.” Fabrics in both quilts reflect Ed and Fred’s love of fly fishing and were made by Myra Coddens, a volunteer with QOVF. We thank Ed Michael and Fred Hodge for their service to our country.