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U.S. Navy veteran Richard Henningfield was surprised on Wednesday afternoon when he received a special Quilt of Valor in recognition for his military service during the Korean War. Richard’s son Jeff Henningfield and family attended the outside social distancing ceremony.

Jane Messer presented the homemade quilt to Richard on behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, local chapter in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In Jane’s presentation she noted that, “A Quilt of Valor is priceless. It can never be bought; it should never be sold.” The quilt is a very patriotic design in red, white and blue blocks with Richard’s name on it along with the names of the volunteer quilt makers. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national not for profit organization with many local chapters making handmade quilts for veterans of all branches of military service. Richard is proud to display this quilt in his room.

Max and Jean Cousins celebrated 64 years of marriage on July 29. The couple met in their hometown of Centerville, Iowa while Max was dating Jean’s library co-worker. When that relationship ended Jean and Max were set up for a date by another friend.

They dated for a couple of years before Jean graduated high school in May and Max graduated college in June. They were married that same year in July and moved to Brighton, Iowa where they made their first home in an apartment above the McAfee Drug Store between two beer joints on the main street. Jean says they had live entertainment every night. Max began his teaching career at the Brighton School in August of 1956.