‘Pale Riders’ Soldiers receive gift of warmth from Quilts of Valor
Soldiers with the 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. help unload a trailer of quilts, brought by Quilts of Valor, April 11 behind the 1st HBCT headquarters. The mission of Quilts of Valor, an organization founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, is to provide quilts to honor and comfort all military service members who have been touched by war.
Story by: Sgt. Kandi Huggins
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Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division stood in formation, while a moving truck pulled up in front of them.
A Soldier from the squadron climbed into the back of the truck, while a few others formed an assembly line rotation, passing quilts from one person to the next and stacking them under a canopy set up behind the 1st HBCT headquarters.
The organization, Quilts of Valor, brought the quilts for every Soldier in the formation, which were presented during the April 11 ceremony.
Founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, the mission of Quilts of Valor is to provide quilts to honor and comfort all military service members who have been touched by war.
Lt. Col. Michael Katona, commander, 4th Squadron, 4th Cav. Regt., said a lot of time and dedication went into making the quilts for the Soldiers.
"Each quilt was made just for someone in this squadron because we fought the hardest in the brigade, and everyone on post knows that," Katona told his Soldiers.
Martha Smith, a member of Quilts for Valor, said the 600 quilts brought for the "Pale Riders" Soldiers were donated by people from 19 states.
After each Soldier picked the quilt of his or her choice, the Soldiers' names were signed in order for that quilt to become a part of their heritage and memory of their service, Smith said.
Also present at the ceremony were members of the American Legion Riders, who formed a line to shake the hands of each Soldier after they picked out a quilt.
With members who are veterans from various military branches, the American Legion Riders came to show their appreciation to the Pale Riders and to thank them for their continuous fight in the war on terrorism, said Terry Houck, a former sergeant with Troop D, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div.