Meteorologist Malan among veteran quilts recipients

CREATED Nov 11, 2012

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FRANKLIN - Four veterans held unique, handmade tributes to their service. 

A thank you stitched by a stranger. They held quilts of honor.
 
The quilts were presented during a Veterans’ Day unveiling at the Franklin Public Library.
 
TODAY’S TMJ4chief meteorologist John Malan is one of this year’s four honorees. Malan says the monsoons, typhoons and extreme elements he endured as a drafted soldier in Vietnam inspired him to study weather.
 
“You don't ask for it as a veteran, but when you get it, it's just such a warm and good feeling that people are recognizing your service,” Malan said. 

"This quilt is not only a display piece, a quilt means warmth.  This will warm my heart and it has."
 
Three generations from the same extended family were also honored with quilts. 

Their service spans World War II, Korea and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
“It is a great day,” said Army veteran Edward Grochowski. “It's something we didn't really expect.  Although, Veterans Day is always a big day with me."
 
“It always makes you remember those that didn't come back,” added Edward’s nephew, National Guard veteran Brian Grochowski. 

“Those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. For me, I'm the one being honored today, but I'm not the one who really deserves it."