Representing 10,000 Quilts of Valor quilters across the U.S., local quilter Kathy Moon and others presented a quilt of valor to Richard Robert Mosich Sr. in late February.

In 2003, during the time her son was deployed in Iraq, a quilter named Catherine Roberts had the idea of comforting veterans with quilts. Since then, over 150,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afganistan.

Moon says the mission is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with Quilts of Valor.

Lt. Colonel Ellen Hey, United States Army, a family friend and quilter also worked on the quilt. Hey told Mosich, “This quilt brings you a three-part message from our hearts. First, we honor you for your service in Korea. We honor you for leaving all you held dear and stood in harm’s way in a time of crisis, protecting us from the effects of war.

“Our quilters know that Freedom is not free. The cost of our freedom is the dedication of lives of men and women like you, and this quilt is meant to say thank you for your service.”

Sgt. Mark Moon, USMC, noted Mosich’s four years in the Marines during Korea. He also said Mosich will be participating on The Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in May.