HARTINGTON — The gold letters on Jim Pick’s Vietnam Veteran cap glow as he sits at his dining room table draped in a quilt surrounded by friends and family.
He smiles for the numerous smartphone cameras pointed at him and chuckles when one of his friends tells him to fix the quilt so it shows the design.
“Just so we can get the best pictures,” she says with a laugh.
And quite the design it is, too — emblazoned with a highly-detailed bald eagle clutching the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner soaring over the outline of America colored in with Old Glory.
It’s the kind of craftsmanship that results from hours of careful labor by quilters pursuing a cause by incorporating their passion. It’s called a Quilt of Valor, and Pick was presented the special honor Wednesday as recognition for his service in the United States Army during the Vietnam war.