22 veterans receive Quilts of Valor in special ceremony at Holiday Retirement's Edgewood Downs
When Mille Beach moved to Holiday Retirement’s Edgewood Downs in Beaverton, Oregon last May, she decided she wanted to do something special to honor the many veterans in her new community. Quilting wasn’t her first idea.
Mille’s been sewing for 80 years, but she says she swore she’d never quilt. The act of putting little squares together by hand never appealed to her when she was younger. It was clothing that held her interest. But Mille found herself changing her views on quilting after an instructor at the Montavilla Sewing Center requested Millie get involved with Quilts of Valor, an organization on a mission to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.
“It’s just been the best thing I’ve ever done,” Millie said. Millie was particularly inspired by the massive number of veterans on the Wall of Honor at Edgewood Downs, and so she decided that every veteran featured on the wall who had not yet received a Quilt of Valor was going to get one. To achieve that end, she spent months working with a team to prepare 22 quilts for her friends and neighbors who had yet to be honored.
A special ceremony was held on Nov. 10. The 22 veterans who were honored represented service in every branch of the military and in multiple wars. Some of the veterans spoke to the local news about the ceremony, Audrey Gagampang was one of them. She served in the Women’s Army Corps with a top secret clearance in the early 1960s, and she was quite pleased when Mille told her the news. “I’m proud that I served and I’m proud that they’re honoring us. It means a lot, really.
We’re proud to say that many veterans call Holiday Retirement home. Honoring them is just part of our DNA. If you’re ready to learn more about life at Holiday Retirement, get in touch with us today!