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Local Vietnam Vet Rick Clements Surprised with Patriotic Quilt of Valor


August 7, 2019

Patricia St. Louis

In the photo (clockwise, starting at front left) granddaughter Anjelite and her baby, Archer; her husband, Brandon, Mason (in the red shirt) and his dad, Eric, Carol (holding quilt) Lori (Rick's daughter) Rick, grandson Marcco, Danny (Lori's husband) Kayla, Karen and Gene.

As more and more family members arrived at his home one recent evening, Fountain resident and community volunteer Rick Clements couldn't quite figure out what was happening. When I arrived, it really threw him for a loop. I asked if he had any idea why his large family was assembled and he said he was clueless. After some thought he shared, "it did cross my mind that maybe I was getting a new grill."

Moments later, family members from out of state came through his door shocking him further. Within seconds he would see what all of the excitement was about.

This Vietnam Vet, who like most...

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