WALKERTON – Five military veterans were each presented with a special gift during a ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Walkerton on Saturday, April 23.
Honoured with Quilts of Valour were Alfred Grubb, Pat Onions, Robert Reich, Charles Fulcher and Ronald Fleet.
Elizabeth Seamans, regional representative of Quilts of Valour Canada, presented each veteran with a quilt made by New Millennium Quilters Guild.
She described the quilts as “a hug from a grateful nation,” and stressed that they’re meant to be used and enjoyed, not packed away.
Following the presentation, each quilt recipient was given the opportunity to share a few words with guests, quilters and Legion members who were present.
Onions thanked the quilters for their generous gift “on behalf of all the veterans here today.” He noted Sunday marks the 77th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, in which he played a part.
He also commented on the war in Ukraine, saying, “It’s a sad time,” and expressed the urgency for greater involvement in the war by Canada and the United Nations.
Grubb said, “I thank the Lord for all the years… over 100 now,” and described Canada as “the best place in the world.”
Reich expressed his appreciation for the quilt, and said he spoke for “the time after the war.” He said he’s grateful for the training he received from the Second World War veterans.
Fleet spoke to “the ladies who made the quilts,” and thanked them “on behalf of my comrades.”
Fulcher spoke of his time in Germany during and after the war, and of his return to Canada.
Following the presentation, the special guests and their families were served lunch and refreshments.
Quilts of Valour Canada is a registered charity that supports Canadian Armed Forces Members past and present by providing quilts of comfort. Additional information is available on the Quilts of Valour website.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times