Local National Guard “G” Company to Deploy to Iraq

The 73 members of the National Guard’s “G” Company, which is based in Centralia, Washington, are preparing to deploy for a 12-month tour in Iraq. They leave in 10 days.

The people of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, who have adopted these National Guardsmen and their families (hosting pizza feeds, Christmas parties and the like), hosted a send-off BBQ for them today at the Centralia Armory.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and homemade pies! What a feast! I am forever amazed at what the people of my church can accomplish! I just put on an official apron and tried to look like I knew what I was doing. 200 or more people were fed with the ease and professionalism of an NFL stadium staff. Holey Moley those men and women can organize!

The pretty, smiling gal to the right is Army National Guard Pvt. Stephanie Gillmer, the new owner of the Patriotic Pinwheels quilt given away in the drawing. She seemed tickled pink to have it…which tickled me pink! The label reads:

Patriotic Pinwheels Quilt
“A Hero’s Welcome”

Designed and Pieced by Kim Mason, Cinebar, WA
Quilted by Kathy Orr, Silver Creek, WA, Bear Canyon Quilting
Fabric Provided by Linda Herrin, Morton, WA, Sugar n’ Spice
And Bound with the Love and Filled with the Prayers of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Chehalis, WA

I can’t imagine…well, I just can’t imagine. I am so very proud to live in a world of brave men and women, of giving hearts, of heros and saints. Seeing those young faces, pensive, but strong and determined. Beautiful faces, every one of them.

The best picture was one that I took away with me in my heart, but I couldn’t bear the idea of intruding upon the young man to take a real picture. It was before the BBQ, inside the Armory gymnasium, a man in camo, 6’5″ if an inch, very lean and very young, sitting alone at a table. He sat very still, very straight and with a look of determined concentration on his face. Draped across one arm was a tiny baby. So very tiny that the baby couldn’t have been more than a week old. Sprawled comfortably, peacefully, blissfully unaware and sleeping along the length of his daddy’s strong arm. Neither moved, they just were. It was beautiful.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” – Albert Einstein, physicist


~ by Kimberly Mason on August 8, 2008.

7 Responses to “Local National Guard “G” Company to Deploy to Iraq”

  1. Beautifully written Kim …felt I was there with that young father.

  2. I enjoyed your blog so much Kim… You are an unique, talented lady! Beautiful job on National Guard.

  3. Do you suppose you could write for the local paper while you are ‘resting’ up from your quilting? Beautiful and very insightful observation of an uplifting day for us; we can only hope that it will make the troops trip a little easier.

  4. fantastic article. You do an excellent job of putting many feelings into words. Thank you. (the quilt is beautiful)

  5. God Bless all those who are serving and who have served!!

  6. Thank you Kim for the beautiful quilt you made. I am one of the wives of one of the soldiers. I met you through Nancy Simms. Nancy has been a friend of mine for many years and it was through our friendship that St. Timothy’s became involved after the 1st deployment. We are so greatful for the things that they have done for us, it is overwhelming and we can never repay them for what they have done. My name is Denise Woinarowicz, my husband is SSG Scott Woinarowicz and I am co leader of the FRG (family readiness group) along with Carol Sandland. I know we could never thank St. Timothy’s enough but I hope they know how much we do value them. We could not have done this without them and while our soldiers are off in Iraq, the prayers and support of them will be even more welcomed. We will need all the prayers we can have until we bring each and every one of our soldiers home safely. This is going to be an even more difficult deployment than the first one so every prayer counts.

    Thank you again for the beautiful donation of that quilt, what a gift.

    Denise Woinarowicz

  7. Wow! just Wow! I so envy ppl like you, you are truly blessed, but not as much as we are to have you in our midst. You are gifted in so many ways and I am so very proud to call you ‘friend’. You really do need to find enough time to put your thoughts and words into some form of media. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and thank God for sharing you with us 🙂

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