Salina Deputy City Manager Jacob Wood was recognized Monday afternoon for his military service.
During the Salina City Commission meeting Monday, Wood was presented with a Quilt of Valor by local quilter Martha Oakes.
“It is my profound hope that this quilt will serve to remind you and others that your sacrifice has not been forgotten. May it bring you peace and comfort for years to come,” Oakes told Wood during the presentation.
Wood, who holds the rank of major, entered the Army Reserve in April 2004 and has served at home and abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to information from the city.
The quilt is registered with Quilts of Valor, which in its 17 years of existence has awarded more than 250,000 quilts to active and retired military personnel.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor organization is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. The layers of each quilt hold special meaning.
The top layer of the quilt represents the communities and the many individuals we are.
The batting or filler in the center of the quilt represents hope that the quilt will bring warmth, comfort, and peace to the individual who receives it.
The backing is the strength that supports the other layers. It represents the strength of the recipient, the support of his or her family, our communities, and our nation.
The stitches that hold the layers together represent the gratitude of the maker.
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The above story was updated to correct information provided by the City of Salina that Jacob Wood's military affiliation is with the Kansas National Guard. His affiliation is with the Army Reserve.