Each quilt-maker nominated the military veteran to receive a one-of-akind quilt through the nationwide Quilt of Valor program that began in Delaware in 2003. More than 100,000 quilts have been presented nationally. The quilts are described as “healing quilts to service men and women touched by war.”
Sgt. Parker served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 and received seven medals, including a Bronze Star in Army Accommodation. He is a private pilot and maintains a Japanese garden. Tavenor, who was based at Fort McArthur, served in the U.S. Army from 1940 through 1945 during World War II.
The Southside guild was formed 41 years ago as a branch of the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis because the parent branch had grown in large numbers. Sandi Charles serves as the chair of the South guild which meets the fourth Thursday from January through October.