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On Saturday, September 10, the Los Banos Arts Council Quilt Guild held our annual Hometown Hero Ceremony prior to the opening of our Pumpkin Patch Quilt Show. We presented 13 patriotic quilts to local veterans and hometown heroes. The following were honored:
Police Dispatcher, Nora Ramirez
Police Officer, Noah Jones
Lt. Commander, Ray Reyna
Retired, Fire Chief Mason Hurley
Fire Captain Roger Hughes
Retired Fire Engineer Frank Minor
CHP Officer Enrique Alvarez
Alan Cotta – US Army
Linda Higby – US Navy
Thomas Higby – US Navy
Craig Higgins – US Navy
Ray McCauley – US Navy and US Air Force
William Winch – US Army
We would like to thank the following who helped us honor our Heroes:
The VFW Post 2437 and American Legion Post 166 Color Guard who presented the colors
Gene Brandi and Rick Toscano in the playing of taps
Christine and Gene Brandi for the singing of the National Anthem
Pastor Peter Suhn, Methodist Church for leading us in the invocation.
Councilwoman Deborah Lewis, retired mayor Mike Villalta and John Spevak for introducing each of the honorees.
Our deepest appreciation to the honorees for their service to our country and community and all those who assisted in making our ceremony such a success.The Los Banos Arts Council Quilt Guild Members