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SVP board member Dan Shaw was honored with a Quilt of Valor at the January 19 Staples All Veterans and Community Park board meeting. Quilts of Valor is a National Organization with smaller chapters all over the U.S. It’s purpose is to award active duty and veterans with a Lifetime Achievement award for their dedication and sacrifices they have made for our Country. The local Chapter of Quilts of Valor in Aitkin, Mn is run through the Ripple River Quilt Guild and it would not be possible without the generous donations from our Veteran Organizations and private citizens.
On behalf of the Aitkin Quilters we would like to present you with a quilt today. It’s a small token to let you know how important you were and still are to us. All members of the guild had a part in each of the quilts. We have worked hard and everyone had a hand in the construction, either sewing the blocks, hand-stitching the binding, quilting, sewing on the labels etc. We feel it is the best for the best.
We honor and respect you for your dedication, sacrifices, and the commitments you have given for us, the United States of America. You were there for us – no matter what role you played, either big or small, every one of you were a necessary cog in our great military.
So, because of you we have a free. safe and great nation
Dan served in the U.S. Air Force from July 1969 to May 1973 and served his last year in the Vietnam theater.
Engraved !! The granite walls have been engraved as of 6/17/2022.
Staples All Veterans Park board members have approved two major projects. We are working with our local partners to begin building a new POW/MIA memorial along the North side of the park and we will be pouring the foundation for the WWII memorial on the SouthWest end of the park. The WWII memorial wall has concrete poured and we will be setting up some temporary plywood displays for showing what images we would like on the granite that will ultimately be added with the names of all local WWII veterans. We will also be working on the POW/MIA memorial next. Funding for these activities is coming from grants from Sourcewell and individual donations. If you would like to donate money to help us complete these memorials please visit our donations tab shown at the top of this page. All donations are tax deductible. And please click on the “photo gallery” tab to see the construction activities. The board wishes to thank Paul Drake tree service for moving the trees, Phil Bjerga construction and Ben Busker construction for the digging work and concrete footings for the WWII memorial.
We need your help to complete the WW2 Wall of Honor. Due to the pandemic we cannot hold our annual fundraiser dinner and ask that you consider donating to the memorial via our online donations page