Quilts of Honor Reception for WWII Veteran
Mrs. Mary Margaret Ragle, United States Marines
Mrs. Mary Margaret Ragle enlisted in the United States Marines in 1941,
soon after graduating from high school. During World War II, military
administration did not send women overseas and she was stationed in North
Carolina. During her service, she was responsible for enlisting new Marines.
While interviewing Mrs. Ragle, she said she should have stayed in the
military as it was a “great time” in her life. Today, in Mrs.
Ragle’s room at Quail Park Enhanced Senior Living, she proudly displays
her military picture wearing her uniform as well her framed honorable
discharge certificate on the wall.
In September of 2017, World War II veteran Mary Margaret Ragle was presented
with a custom quilt from Quilts of Honor to recognize and commend her
military service. The stated mission of Quilts of Honor is to “bestow
a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those
who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.”
Volunteers for of Quilts of Honor, with pride, stitch and quilt pieces
of fabric together to make wonderfully patriotic quilts of art.
Moreover, the Kaweah Delta Hospice program hosted a special recognition
event at her residence at Quail Park Enhanced Assisted Living (EAL) in
Visalia. Special guest included caregivers, Quail Park residents, representatives
from the district congressional office, and veterans of the American Legion
Sierra Post 785.
The Kaweah Delta Hospice program recently received its Level Two Partnership
in the We Honor Veterans program. The program, established the Department
of Veterans Affairs, focuses on improving end-of-life care for veterans
to meet its Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative. Honoring our nation’s
veterans includes supporting them throughout their lives, and Kaweah Delta
Hospice has the privilege of providing care for Mrs. Ragle and other veterans
at the end of their lives.
Members of the American Legion Sierra Post 785 salute Mrs. Ragle and showcase
her Quilt of Honor at a reception.
Left to Right: Bob Pineda, Commander; Louie Medina, Sergeant-At-Arms; Ray
Moreles, 2nd Vice-Commander, and Mrs. Ragle, WWII Veteran.