Fallen Soldier’s Family Presented “Quilt of Honor”

<p>First Lt. Mathew Fazzari</p>

First Lt. Mathew Fazzari

The family of the late First Lieutenant Mathew Fazzari of Walla Walla was presented a Quilt of Honor this afternoon by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ladies Auxiliary.

The Quilt of Honor began after it was proposed by the Ladies Auxiliary Department of Washington that local districts make a quilt to be given to a deserving veteran.  The three posts in District 10: Post 992 (Walla Walla), Post 466 (College Place) and Post 1443 (Clarkston) were all involved somehow in the Quilt of Honor.  Post 992 (Walla Walla) did most of the squares for the quilt, while the other posts donated money for the materials.

Because Post 992 (Walla Walla) did the bulk of the work on the Quilt of Honor, they were given the honor of choosing who to present the quilt too.  The decision to honor Mathew was a unanimous choice as Post 992 (Walla Walla) says Mathew became a symbol of the community and brought the war to our doorsteps.

The Quilt of Honor was presented to Mathew’s wife, Tovah, along with his two son’s and Matthew’s mother, Susan.

Tovah and Susan were also presented today with lifetime memberships to the VFW Post 992 (Walla Walla).

Fazzari was killed in action in Afghanistan during a surveillance operation on June 6th, 2012.

He graduated from DeSalles Catholic High School in Walla Walla in 2005 before graduating from Gonzaga University in 2010, where he participated in the ROTC program.