Fricke receives Quilt of Valor
Local Vietnam veteran Richard Fricke, of Alma, received a special gift this past Father’s Day: a Quilt of Valor from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
A letter sent to Fricke, and read to him during an in-home ceremony, stated: “You served during a very difficult time in our history — the Vietnam War — a time when Americans who were against the war blamed our returning warriors and treated them harshly. Sadly, many more Americans stood by and remained silent. Over the years, this unfair treatment of Vietnam veterans has come to be recognized for what it was — an unjust, shameful, and tragic chapter in American history.”
Fricke was drafted into the United States Army in February of 1969. He served in Charlie Company with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. They were also known as the Black Scarves. He entered as a PFC and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4th Class in February of 1975.
“We are proud and honored to award your Quilt of Valor,” the presentation letter continued. “We know it is long overdue, but we hope this quilt will give you some measure of comfort. We also hope it will serve as a tangible reminder that, after all these years, Americans are finally recognizing the sacrifices you made, not only on the battlefield, but here at home. At long last, you can be assured that your service was not in vain. On behalf of the Quilts of Valor volunteers here in the Kansas City area and all across America, thank you for your honorable service to our country and … Welcome Home!”
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of thousands of volunteer quilters from across the country. The organization’s mission is to provide service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing quilts known as Quilts of Valor. Since its founding in 2003, the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded more than 230,000 Quilts of Valor.