Veteran brothers honored for service with handmade quilts
Two brothers were honored for their service in the military during the Vietnam War through a ceremony filled with loved ones, remembrance, food and laughter.
William J. Yung and Steven P. Yung both were recognized during a United States Flag Folding Ceremony and presented with Quilts of Valor, which were made by Steve's wife Doranna Yung, who helped coordinate the day of thanks Saturday, Oct. 28, at East Hill Church in downtown Gresham.
"We are here to honor two servicemen — Bill and Steve," said Jeff Hayes, a 10-year veteran who spoke during the event. "We are so glad you two are here with us today. We want to salute you and thank you for keeping our country safe."
Bill served from 1962-66 with the U.S. Navy, while Steve served from 1971-77 with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. They had on display their old uniforms, photos from when they were with the military, metals and letters. Bill now lives in Portland, while Steve lives in Gresham.
The brothers were accompanied to the ceremony by the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcycle veterans. Hayes led the group in prayer, while Lynda Lutz, regional coordinator for the National Quilts of Valor, also gave a talk. The event was capped with photographs and a potluck.
Quilts of Valor is a grassroots group of volunteers who make quilts for servicemen and women. They have distributed more than 170,000 handmade quilts to veterans.