Letter to the Editor: Grateful for his Quilt of Valor

To the Editor:

I am humbly grateful and deeply appreciative for the Quilt of Valor that I was given at the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies in Waukon. An early ancestor of mine fought in the American Revolution, two great-great-grandfathers fought in the Civil War, my great-grandfather served in the Army during the Spanish American War, and my grandfather (Dr. R. H. Wheat) was an Army dentist during World War II.

My dad (Daniel Regan) saw significant combat as a corpsman with the 9th Marines in the Pacific. I served in the Navy during Viet Nam.

My own service to our nation was insignificant and unworthy of note; however, I accept with gratitude this incredible quilt, so painstakingly created and sewn, not so much for my military service, but in memory of my family who has seen their duty to don the uniform of this nation in time of war and in time of peace.

Stephen D. Regan, Ed.D.