For Immediate Release: June 21, 2010
Quilts of Valor
presented to Luke's Wounded Warriors
ARIZ. (June 21, 2010)
Goodyear Vice Mayor Georgia Lord recently visited Washington, D.C. as a
delegate with Greater Phoenix Economic Council, along with Gov. Jan Brewer, mayors
from many Valley cities, officials and business leaders.
and her colleagues met with top military officials to promote Luke Air Force
Base and Arizona's bid for the F-35. In addition to the unparalleled weapons
training on the 2.7 million-acre Barry M. Goldwater Range, safe practice zones
for pilots, and great flying weather, much discussion centered on the warm
relationship with the surrounding civilian community "outside the fence."
As the wife of a now-retired Air Force officer, Lord said she understood how
important that can be, and was honored to learn of the military community's
gratitude for the support of Goodyear's neighbors here in the West Valley.
"Quilts of Valor" project is one of the most poignant examples of the
warm relationships that have developed between those stationed at Luke and the
community "outside the fence," Lord said after learning that members
of the Estrella Mountain Quilters, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild,
recently presented more than a dozen hand-sewn quilts to the Wounded Warriors
of Luke Air Force Base. The quilters, who meet several times a week in a craft
room at PebbleCreek, created a collection of quilts with patriotic designs.
After a member read about Lord's experience in Washington, the group decided to
present each of Luke's Wounded Warriors with one of these quilts--perhaps one
of the warmest possible expressions of appreciation.
the location for the F-35 will be announced. In the meantime, Lord said she
hopes the community will continue to do everything possible, as civilians
"outside the fence," to cultivate and build upon this
"warm" relationship with the military families of Luke AFB.