On December 9, 2011, Charles McCorkle passed into eternity. He was one of the first veterans pictured on this military tribute quilt. He once told me that during his time serving in WWII, his mother sent him packages of food and he shared it with others. Today, I read a card from his wife and him that I received several years ago at the beginning of this project. Inside the card, a donation was included to cover the cost of the first care package for this fundraiser. The card still brings tears to my eyes. Part of it reads:
“What a wonderful thing you are doing. Sure it will bring a lot of people much joy. Would love to see the finished project. Hoping you have it (center painting) made into postcards. God bless you for the things you are doing for the Vets and Soldiers. In God's Love, Charles & Marie McCorkle.”
After hundreds of hours of research, hundreds of individuals such as Mr. McCorkle's help, around four years of collecting pictures and signatures along with painting and sewing, the Military Tribute Quilt is FINALLY completed! In the center is a painting honoring those who served from WWII to the present. This painting is surrounded by 58 photos and signatures of veterans who previously served or who sacrificed their lives. My hope is that this team project will visually honor those who served and sacrificed in the past while encouraging support for those currently serving!
Partnering with Soldiers' Angels during the next few months (May 26 - May 2015) our goal is to raise $10,500. This will enable Soldiers' Angels to send 350 military care packages for an average of $30 each including postage. In memory of Charles McCorkle who was unable to see the finished quilt, for every $250 or more that you donate, Soldiers' Angels will print and send ten postcards featuring the center painting to you. Also a print of the painting will be included in each care package.
Would you consider helping us reach our goal? Would you consider making a difference in the lives of those serving by making a donation for care packages?
To make an online donation to Soldiers' Angels, please click on the “Give Now” button near the top right of this page and follow the directions. To donate by mail, please send to the following address and make all checks payable to Soldiers Angels:
3964 W. 700 S.; Rushville, IN 46173
To see and take pictures of the quilt, please visit the Indiana War Memorial Museum (see http://www.in.gov/iwm/2333.htm ). They have graciously offered to display the quilt in a beautiful mahogany case along with the original painting in their main lobby from Memorial Day through May 2015.
In closing, I would like to say thank you to every American veteran and service member on this quilt and around the world who has served, sacrificed and many times given their lives. Without their help, support and courage this project would not be possible!
Thank you especially to my Dad and others in my family, who served, for being the first inspiration behind this project. Thank you James McCauley, Jay Ashurst, Michael Fletcher, The Stokes Collection and Reuters for allowing me to use your pictures or paintings as visual references for my painting. Thank you Kristi Witek, Andrew Thomas, Olivia Atherton and Deborah Osborne for taking pictures. Thank you Hannah Atherton, Kate Osborne, & Queen Ann Custom Services for all of your help sewing. Also to countless others who helped make this project possible or who will donate or continue to help in any way on this project - on behalf of those who sacrifice so much, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Sincerely, Grace Atherton
Note: All funds exceeding our goal of $10,500 will go toward additional carepackages!
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friend.”John 15:13