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'Quilts of Valor' presented to local veterans

Greater Danbury area veterans have been presented with Quilts of Valor.  The quilt presentation at New Milford Senior Center is of items created by the Quilters of New Milford.  5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty was on hand to present the quilts to Mike Zacchea and Robert Madorran.  Esty says this is relatively new to New Milford, but is a national effort that started in 2003. 


Former Mayor Pat Murphy, who is a veteran, urged the quilters to join in this movement.


Zacchea is a retired U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel who served in the Iraq War, was severely injured in the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004.  Madorran is a veteran of the U.S. Army, who was injured while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010.


The quilters draped the men with the gifts.  The men then spoke about how touched they were.  They said there were times when they were serving, that any bit of home was a meaningful comfort to them.