American Legion Auxiliary Unit Collaborates with Quilts of Valor to Honor WWII Veteran

Written from an American Legion press release

Bloomington, Indiana – November 28, 2023

On December 7th, citizens across the United States will commemorate the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, marking the entry of America into World War II.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day holds a significant place in our national memory, and it is only fitting to pay tribute to a WWII veteran at the start of this month. American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) [Burton Woolery, Unit 18] will recognize Herbert Ray, a WWII Navy veteran, with a Quilt of Valor on Friday, December 1st, at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 18.

Larry Newton, a representative from Quilts of Valor and a veteran himself, will present a handcrafted quilt to honor Ray for his service. The purpose of this quilt is to provide comfort and solace to a veteran who experienced the impact of war. Newton, in collaboration with American Legion Auxiliary Vice President Vicki Swafford and Post 18 Commander Raymond Krebbs, aims to conduct a brief ceremony on December 1st to honor Ray. With only 4,583 World War II veterans still alive in Indiana, this presents an opportunity not to be missed. We cordially invite you to join us for refreshments and seize the chance to personally express your gratitude.

The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces make daily sacrifices to safeguard the freedoms cherished by Americans. “This event is just one way for us to pay homage to a veteran who laid the groundwork for service over 78 years ago,” remarked Jenny Tracy, a veteran advocate and current American Legion Auxiliary District President.

Ray served aboard the USS YMS 17 with the US Navy in the Philippines in 1945. He was stationed in Indiana, New York, and California and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Victory Medal.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a community of volunteers dedicated to serving veterans, military personnel, and their families. Our members actively support The American Legion’s mission to enhance the lives of our nation’s veterans. As proud sponsors of ALA Girls Nation and National Poppy Day®, and recognized advocates for veterans on Capitol Hill, our more than 600,000 ALA members nationwide volunteer millions of hours annually and raise millions of dollars in support of veterans, military personnel, and their families. Established in 1919, the ALA stands as one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the United States. To learn more, volunteer, join, or donate, please visit

A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a high-quality, handmade quilt crafted through machine or hand quilting. It is bestowed upon a Service Member or Veteran who has been impacted by war. The Quilt signifies, without reservation, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in defending our nation.” The group welcomes any volunteers interested in contributing to the creation of quilts, organizing award ceremonies, or making donations to reach out to Christine Hurley at [email protected].

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