Wesenbeg honored with Quilt of Valor

Wesenberg and Aldrich with the lap-sized quilt she made for the Quilts of Valor presentation. Photo submitted

This summer, the staff at the Wright County Monitor have been happy to highlight several stories involving veterans from Wright County, including an ongoing feature about those who served during World War I, information about the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flights, and more. We’re also pleased that community members have shown interest in honoring our veterans’ service.

During September, the Iowa Quilt Guild hosted the Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens in Ames. During the show, four veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor, including Clarion’s own Tim Wesenberg.

The quilt was made by Wilma Aldrich, a former Clarion schoolteacher from the Rowan area. As a quilter, she wanted to be able to complete a Quilt of Valor, and she couldn’t think of anyone she wanted to give it to more than Wesenberg, her friend and cousin.

Though Wesenberg joked that he “hasn’t done anything valiant,” he said it was an honor to be presented a quilt along with other veterans in front of a crowd of about 30 people.

“I just looked at them and said I was just humbled and honored and proud to receive this quilt specially made by my cousin Wilma,” he said.


For the full story, see the October 12 edition of the Monitor.