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Local veterans honored with Quilts of Valor
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Four veterans who are members of the Monroe Swiss Singers received a Quilt of Valor at the annual Swissfest. Pictured, from left, are Father Michael E. Klarer, Vicki Sasso, who presented the quilts, Steve Streiff, Heinz Mattmann and Paul Beach. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - On Sunday at the Monroe Swiss Singers' 49th Annual Swissfest at Turner Hall in Monroe, a special presentation was made by Vicki Sasso of Madison from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The national nonprofit organization awards handmade quilts to comfort and honor military veterans who have been touched by war. Sasso presented quilts to four members of the Monroe Swiss Singers: Father Michael E. Klarer, who served as a Navy chaplain from 1989-2002 during Desert Storm; Steve Streiff, who served in Vietnam while in the Army from 1966-69; Heinz Mattmann, who served in Vietnam while in the Army from 1967-69 and then in Desert Storm while in the reserves from 1980-91; and Paul Beach, who was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War while in the Army from 1970-73.