Ti woman's quilt to aid servicemen

TICONDEROGA - Gail Feliciano knows something about patriotism.

Her family has a long tradition of military service, including tours in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Her husband and son served in Iraq at the same time. She spent six years in the Army National Guard.

The Ticonderoga resident feels a depth of gratitude to American servicemen and women, which is the reason Special Operations Warrior Foundation has become close to her heart.

"The military is very special to me and my family," Feliciano said. "We have a long tradition of military service. The military is important to me."

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to wounded special operations personnel and their families.

To express her patriotism and to assist the foundation, Feliciano has made a king-size quilt depicting milestones in American history.

With the words "We the People" across the top, the quilt features the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and patriotic quotes along with pictures of the Boston Tea Party and great Americans.

It took Feliciano three months to make the quilt, assisted by her granddaughter Montana Callahan, an eighth grade student at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

"I didn't have a pattern, so I had to piece and measure as I went along," she said. "It was a lot of work."

The project and research going into it made Feliciano a more devoted American.

"As I researched things for the quilt I was reminded of all the amazing things done by so many great Americans," she said. "They were incredible people."

Feliciano has taken the quilt to Ticonderoga Middle School, showing it to students and explaining its significance.

She plans to give the quilt to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to be raffled as a fundraiser.

"I don't know what it's worth, but I hope it'll help the families of our servicemen and women," Feliciano said.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is planning a "Restoring Honor Rally" on Aug. 28 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to recognize First Amendment rights and honor the service men and women who fight to protect those freedoms.

Feliciano hopes to have the quilt there.

She also hopes to convince Fox News broadcaster Glenn Beck is sign the quilt.

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