FAIRBURY – Vernon Pfaff, owner of First National Bank of Fairbury received two special gifts and recognition last week for serving in the Vietnam War. Sonny Manley who is an officer at the bank, enjoyed hearing Pfaff’s stories about the war and wanted to do something as a thank you for serving the United States. Manley was helping Pfaff get his Air Force Flying Helmet restored, but Pfaff had no idea he was getting a Quilt Of Valor.
“This would be perfect, give him his helmet back do the Quilt of Valor and just let him know that we appreciate the fact that he was willing to do what he did. That’s what I want everyone to know, that if they know a veteran that they should step back and say I get to enjoy my life everyday, because of what they were willing to do.” said Manley
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Pfaff said he wasn’t familiar with the program before the presentation, but feels that it is quite the honor.
“We didn’t have the best of reception when we came back from Vietnam from the public, and there never has been a formal reception. But something like this really touches me, and makes me feel very honored to receive it, i’m very very proud of it.” said Pfaff
Vernon Pfaff served in the United States Air Force from September of 1967 to his honorable discharge in November of 1972, where he flew in several missions in the Vietnam War.