Richard Hollermann presented with Quilt of Valor
How do you begin to say “thank you” to a veteran—especially one who has sacrificed so much during service to the nation? If you’re a quilter like Charlotte Norlien, you begin with a piece of fabric.
On Feb. 16, Norlien presented Richard Hollermann, a Vietnam veteran who lives south of Farwell, with a Quilt of Valor. The quilt was Norlien’s way of offering comfort, healing and sincere gratitude to a veteran touched by war.
Norlien said she had seen a PBS program about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and was determined to make a quilt for a local veteran—the Fons and Porter quilt pattern, in particular.
“It’s been a long process,” said Norlien. There are very specific requirements that must be followed for a quilt to qualify as a Quilt of Valor. And while some quilts are created for military hospitals where chaplains award them to service members, or given as part of a group to entire service units returning from deployments, Norlien knew she wanted to say “thank you” to a local veteran.
While attending a fundraiser in Kensington, Norlien said she heard about Hollermann and the pieces literally began to fall together. Each piece was crafted with care over time. Norlien said the eagle applique was sewn onto the quilt on a sleepless night during the blood moon eclipse in December 2014. Tiny bleeding hearts, a favorite flower of Norlien’s father, were machine quilted into the red border as a tribute; he was a WWII veteran. The details and special touches to the pattern added by Norlien were a way to express her personal thanks to Hollermann.
Hollermann’s quilt is listed in the national Quilt of Valor Foundation registry, joining more than 100,000 quilts awarded to service members and veterans since 2003, when the program began.