Frederick Ray Rogers, Jr. or F. Ray as he is better known, from Reedville is presented a Quilt of Valor surrounded by many member of his family, friends and members of American Legion Post 117 in Reedville. Mr. Rogers is a lifelong watermen and has always loved being on the water. He joined the Coast Guard in 1944 and was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter the Cutter Cuyahoga based in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and served as a naval supply ship escort. Most of the area they patrolled was the Caribbean Sea, escorting loaded supply ships out and then empty ships back in.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. QOVF began in 2003 and have awarded over 223,000 Quilts of Valor.
The Northern Neck Patriotic Piecers is the local chapter here in the Northern Neck, just started in March of 2019 by two avid quilters and veterans. They meet the third Friday of the month at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post in Reedville. (39 School Street – nestled between the fire house and Festival Halle). If you are interested in joining come to a meeting or contact them by email – northernneckpatrioticpiecers.QOV@yahoo.com.
Four generations – Front row L-R: Rogers’ Daughter Beth Somers and his great granddaughter; F. Ray Rogers. Back row L-R: Grandsons Sam and Jonathan Somers; their father Paul Somers; Frederick Rogers, III; grandson Reese Rogers and his father Walter Rogers.