Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran's Day and Textiles? Yes, sireee.

Veteran's Day is upon us again this November 11th. A day to celebrate those patriotic and courageous individuals who serve(d) in our military.

This Veteran's Day, I wanted to honor my late father-in-law, who served in Korea and later in San Francisco in the late Fifties. While he rarely spoke of his time in the military, it was widely known that he never ate eggs after the powdered eggs he endured while serving. And, once he was stopped for speeding while driving nuns to church as he was a clergy's assistant in San Francisco. He even kept a copy of the citation, which my husband and I have to this day.

All this said, you may wonder why I mention this on a fiber-related blog. When Glen passed away, we inherited these incredibly beautiful patches. Glen indicated that there were stores/stands in Korea where you could get these patches made. They are rather large, measuring roughly about 12 inches in height and not quite as wide.

If you follow this blog, then you may know I mostly talk about spinning and knitting, but I REALLY love rughooking. I think these patches could be worked into an wonderful memorial rug-hooked wall hanging. Yes, you might think this blasphemous, but knowing my father-in-law, he would love it. So many rughooking ideas, so little time!!!

I am researching the meaning of the individual designs/patches, but I think it's going to involve some actual legwork to the library. I do want to mention that he was in "HQ Troop 1st RCN Sqn 9th Cav" so that if anyone is doing an Internet search, they might come across this and have some information. Please send me an email or post a comment if you do.

And, if you are interested there is loads of information out there on textiles and the military. In fact, this summer, Iowa guardsmen were some of the first to receive and wear a new camouflage pattern.

Happy Veteran's Day to those who are serving, have served, and to their families.

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