Quilts of Valor for Alta veterans

Friday, September 6, 2019

Quilts of Valor were presented to three military veterans on September 3rd at the Alta Order of the Eastern Star meeting. “It was a total surprise to all three of them,” said Julie Petersen, Worthy Matron and presiding officer of the organization.

Quilt recipients were Harold Geisinger, a veteran of World War II; Richard “Bud” Petersen, a Korean War veteran; and Jan Peterson, an Army WAC who served in the Pentagon. They are the three military veterans in the organization.

The mission of the nation-wide Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. It is a project that the Iowa Eastern Star picked up on, Petersen said, adding that a woman in Des Moines, Pat Burch, arranges with a company that makes the quilts. “They’re all different,” she said of the quilt designs. Locally, the project is recent and began about a year ago by the Alta Eastern Star.

The Order of the Eastern Star, established in 1850, is part of the Masonic Fraternity, and now consists of both men and women.