The Stuart 4th of July celebration was held last Saturday with most of the usual activities.

This year's parade grand marshals were Don and Carolyn Fuelberth. Don Fuelberth grew up north of Stuart, near the Cleveland area. He served in the United States Air Force from 1962-1966, serving in Korea for 13 months. Don is a 35 year member of the Norton-Carlisle Legion post, and has represented the Legion at countless events, being a member of the color guard, in parades and sporting events. Don has served on the Cleveland Bible camp board for 51 years starting in 1969. Don joined the Stuart Stock Car Committee in 1984 and is currently serving in his 37th year. Don is a past member of the Stuart Rodeo committee, in which he served several years. Don is a member of the Stuart Community Church and the former Cleveland Church where he has served as a member of session and men’s council.

Carolyn graduated high school in Campbell. She then worked as a telephone operator in Holdrege and Grand Island. Carolyn worked at Stuart Furniture, Floor & Window covering for 36 years. She is also a member of the Cleveland and Stuart Community Church, where she has volunteered for the youth church school. Carolyn has taken tickets at the Stuart Raceway for many years.

Don and Carolyn have been blessed with 52 years of marriage, being married in 1967 and to this union were born three children Darian, Tracy and Carla. Don and Carolyn enjoy their seven grandchildren and one great-grand child. Don has been known to take his grandchildren snipe hunting on more than one occasion.

Don and Carolyn were presented a metal yard sign, made and donated by Rhonda Olson of Atkinson, in memory of her grandfather Ed Schumecker.

A quilt of valor was presented to Chris Nuemiller by Carmen Lechtenberg for his military service between 2010 and 2011.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation effort was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts who had a son deployed in Iraq. Catherine, a military mom, nurse and quilter, thought that making quilts was something she could do.

She began making quilts for wounded soldiers returning home from war and awarded the first one at Walter Reed Hospital.

That first quilt was presented in 2003. As of April 2016, 135,369 quilts have been presented to U.S. military personnel and veterans all over the world.

The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover all combat service members and veterans “touched by war” with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

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