Story by Janmarie Foschini
Greenwood Lake resident Jack Rader was awarded the Quilt of Valor on Tues., Sept. 10. The Quilts of Valor Foundation was started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts while her son was deployed in Iraq. The local group has made 225 quilts since August 2011.
The quilt was presented by the Warwick Valley Quilters Guild to Jack who served in the U.S. Navy from July 3, 1956 to July 1, 1959 on board the destroyer USS Bache 470 as a Navigator. Jack sailed from Norfolk around the continent in 131 days to Cape Town, Africa, Mombasa, Massawa, the Suez Canal, Piraeus, Barcelona, Gibraltar then returning to Norfolk.
“On behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation we award this quilt to honor and comfort you,” said Quilt Group Leader Carol Johnson, adding, “Though we may never know the depth of your sacrifice to protect and defend the United States of America, as a gesture of gratitude from a grateful nation, please accept your Quilt of Valor.”
Johnson then wrapped the red, white and blue quilt on Jack and thanked him for his service. Jack was joined by his proud family while being presented with this honor. The large crowd applauded him for his service to the country and years of volunteering in his community.
“It was quite an honor to receive the Quilt of Valor. The quilt is absolutely beautiful. I cannot imagine the amount of time that went into making this quilt. We have it on our sofa in the TV room. Again, I want to say thank you to this wonderful group for presenting me with the Quilt of Valor,” Jack said.
Jack retired from the post office as Greenwood Lake Postmaster. He volunteers in his community and always puts others first. For sixty years he has been a member of the Greenwood Lake Fire Department and Greenwood Lake Ambulance Corps.
Jack and his wife, Janet, have been married for 54 years. They have four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.