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Fallen Soldier Quilts
Kubasak creates memorials by using late son’s clothing
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Courtesy Photo: Daina Kubasak (right) and Chaplain Martha Flora with Virginia's Old Carolina Road Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution stand beside a display of memorial quilts, which were part of Kubasak’s presentation to the chapter. Kubasak has made quilts using the clothing of her late son, Cpl. Jared W. Kubasak, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

After Cpl. Jared W. Kubasak was killed in Iraq in 2005, his mother, Daina Kubasak of Rocky Mount, simply could not bring herself to dispose of his clothing.

"I just could not bear to part with Jared's clothes, so I decided to learn to make quilts," she said, putting the clothes to use and creating a memorial in the process.

Kubasak said she got the idea from a magazine article.

"I had read about a man that died in the World Trade Center and the picture with the article was of his widow wrapped in a quilt made of his clothing," she said. "That picture came back to me. Since then, I have made quite a few quilts from Jared's clothing, many of which I have given to family and friends and soldiers that served with him."

Kubasak has also received memorial quilts from various groups around the country.

"The memorial quilts were all sent by patriotic groups that want to do something to show respect to our fallen heroes, and support the families of the fallen," she said.

Those groups include:

•The Virginia Memorial Quilt project, which presents memorial quilts to fallen heroes with connections to the Virginia.

•Marine Comfort Quilt, initially made to honor families of fallen Marines but has expanded to all members of the Armed Forces, presented in all 50 states.

•A Home of the Brave Quilt, an organization started in California, now in all 50 states, that makes replicas of Civil War quilts to present to the families of those who died serving the country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kubasak said she remembered the article after receiving the memorial quilts and calls the ones she has made "Fallen Soldier Quilts."

She showed the quilts during a recent presentation to the Virginia's Old Carolina Road Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Kubasak told chapter members that there are still "many patriotic groups of people that want to continue that proud tradition and do things to remember our fallen soldiers and honor the families."

"Throughout its history, the United States has remembered its military heroes in many ways, with plaques, parades, statues and memorials," she said. "Fallen Soldier Quilts is just what I call my presentation. It has been a way for me to share with others, and that has helped me."

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