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Davise McFetridge, left, and daughter Larissa Barnhart, of the Wallowa Mountain Quilt Guild, present an honor quilt to Terry Decker to recognize his military service during the Vietnam era. The guild, which honors county veterans with such quilts, made the presentation Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

ENTERPRISE — Local veteran Terry Decker was honored by the ladies of the Wallowa Mountain Quilt Guild with an honor quilt Thursday, Dec. 10, in recognition of his military service.

Decker is a veteran of the Vietnam era, guild President Barbara McCormack said.

“Our mission is to give every veteran in the county, whether he served in the country or overseas, an honor quilt,” she said.

The guild usually makes the presentation at a luncheon or similar get-together, McCormack said. However, this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the members chose to make the presentation individually.

Making the presentation was Decker’s sister, Davise McFetridge, and her daughter, Larissa Barnhart.

“We’re just now in the Vietnam era,” she said. “It took a long time to get through World War II.”

Then quilts were presented to veterans from the Korean War and the years between Korea and Vietnam. She noted that rural counties like Wallowa County tend to have a higher percentage of residents who are veterans.

“We plan to get every veteran in the whole county,” she said.

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