Burning the midnight oil had become a nightly ritual for Springville’s Tami Johnson.
While she wasn’t usually a late-night worker, Johnson found herself saying, “Just one more row,” late into the night ever since she decided to make Quilts of Valor for three men injured on her son’s U.S. Air Force squadron.
“We can’t ever understand what they go through, but to let them know we appreciate the sacrifice that they make for this country, I wanted them to know that with the Quilt of Valor,” Johnson said.
[pullquote]“We’ve had continuous military service for over 70 years as a family. My life has been appreciated over the years as a daughter, as a wife and now as a mother, which is why this was really important to me.” —Tami Johnson, Quilts of Valor volunteer[/pullquote]
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a nonprofit organization where people volunteer to recognize service members and veterans by honoring them with special handmade quilts. Each of the quilts is adorned with a Quilts of Valor tag and most of the quilts are done in patriotic colors (red, white and blue).
While Johnson initially set out to make three quilts, she soon realized she wanted to do this for many more servicemen, so she recruited some help. Corn Wagon Quilt Co. in Springville donated supplies and a quilting group in Washington state volunteered to make 22 quilts.
By the time Johnson went up to Washington state on May 16 to present the Quilts of Valor to her son’s squadron, she had 77 quilts, 55 of which were presented to her son’s squadron. The others were stored for future distribution.
Johnson says the squadron expressed appreciation that she was glad to be able to give back to those who serve our country.
“We’ve had continuous military service for over 70 years as a family,” Johnson said. “My life has been appreciated over the years as a daughter, as a wife and now as a mother, which is why this was really important to me.”
Johnson has also presented Quilts of Valor to her husband, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, and her father, who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korea.
“I couldn’t have done this without the example of patriotism that I learned from my father and then continued to see in my husband and from my son,” Johnson said. “I can enjoy freedoms because of their service and many others who have served in the past.”