(Left to right) Lisa Peterson (Fort Des Moines Museum), Colonel Wiley from the 103rd ESC, Betty Nielsen founder of Freedom Quilts, Tina Achebe from Fort Des Moines Museum, and Dennis Nielsen (founder of Freedom Quilts) Colonel Wiley said that Freedom Quilts project is truly a very patriotic project and that he would be honored to come and speak on April 6 to honor fallen heroes' families. Lisa and Tina both said they will also be coming. The quilt in the background will be the 2013 raffle quilt.
Colonel Wiley from the 103rd ESC from Des Moines and Lisa Peterson and Tina Achebe from the Fort Des Moines Museum made a road trip to come visit the Freedom Quilts Shop. They were overwhelm by the experiences and honored to be there and even joined in to help tie some quilts. Colonel Wiley will be the keynote speaker this coming April when fallen soldiers' families are again honored.
103rd ESC and Fort Des Moines Museum have joined together to help promoted Freedom Quilts project even more. On Dec. 8 the 103rd is having their Winter Ball. Lisa Peterson took two of the quilt panels to help get more signatures for the "Iowa Has Not Forgotten" quilt. Freedom Quilts feels honored to have the help from the Colonel and from the Des Moines Museum.
Colonel Wiley giving Norma Gehrig the thumb up.