Four Quilts of Valor presented in Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Julio Lopez, JoLane Guilford, and Cathy Gonce with the Quilts of Valor they received from the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Mount Shasta. Julio Lopez also accepted a quilt for his son, Julio Anthony Lopez. Submitted

Four Quilts of Valor were awarded in a special ceremony at the Nov. 1 meeting of the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild in Mount Shasta.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, quilts were awarded to Julio Lopez, Julio Anthony Lopez, Tech. Sgt. JoLane Guilford, and Lieutenant Colonel Cathy Gonce.

Julio Lopez served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1994 and was active during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Julio Lopez is currently the Weed Postmaster.

His son, Julio Anthony Lopez, served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2012. He was active during Operation Enduring Freedom and was stationed at Camp Leatherneck and in Afghanistan. His father accepted his quilt.

Tech. Sgt. JoLane Guilford served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1981 to 2003. She was stationed in Korea, Japan and Alaska, among other locations.

Lieutenant Colonel Cathy Gonce served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. As a member of the Nursing Corps, she was stationed in many locations as a midwife. Gonce is a longtime member of the Shasta Lilies and she had no idea that she would be receiving a quilt. She was especially moved at being wrapped in her quilt by her friend Charlotte Crawford, who had pieced the quilt.

The quilts were pieced by members of the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild and quilted by President Sally Eagleman. All Quilts of Valor must be quilted by volunteers.

The quilts were presented by Guild Vice President Judy Sartor.

As an organization, Quilts of Valor began in 2003 when founder Katherine Roberts literally dreamed about a service member being awarded a quilt. Her movement started in Seaford, Del., but it did not stop there. It spread quickly across the land, changing slightly as it went.

Originally the quilts were intended for veterans of campaigns Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. That has also changed.

“As we are able, we search out living veterans from all of our wars and all of our campaigns. To date we as a national organization have awarded over 170,000 quilts. The local chapter is named State of Jefferson Quilters and serves southern Oregon and Siskiyou County,” a Shasta Lily Quilt Guild press release states.