By Jann Wiswall

On Tuesday, July 12, the national volunteer organization, Quilts of Honor, will present a handmade quilt to Tom Brown, father of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Alan Brown, who died in 2014 at age 23 after returning home from two tours in Afghanistan.

Quilts of Honor’s countless volunteers stitch quilts as a “universal symbol and token of thanks, solace and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.”

Quilts are hand cut, hand pieced and hand stitched by volunteers across the country. Brown’s quilt was made by a volunteer in California. Each one is unique and designed by the volunteers.

The presentation will be made by Martha Levin, a retired Army nurse of 31 years of active duty and reserve time served mostly at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She nominated Alan Brown for the honor after meeting his mother, Jeanne Brown, through her cousin Betsy Peyser, who lives in Ellicottville.

Levin said the quilts are “made in hopes of bringing comfort to the family or service member for their sacrifice to their country. It is a real honor to present a Quilt of Honor, and it is an honor to receive one.”

The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. at the Ellicottville American Legion. All are welcomed to attend. It also happens to be Taco Tuesday at the Legion. Feel free to come at 6 p.m. for a delicious taco (for just $3.50) and stay for the award.