Manchester Legion’s Oldest Member Given Quilt of Valor as Goodbye Gift

The Manchester Legion’s oldest member was honored on Wednesday.

Charlotte Leslein of Manchester is 94 years old. She served as a nurse cadet in World War Two. For the past couple years, Charlotte has been coming to the Legion’s Wednesday morning Hump Day Coffee Clubs to enjoy the company of her fellow veterans.

And her fellow veterans adore her. They say she lights up the place when she comes in – a wonderful soul that is always thinking of everyone else.

And that’s why they wanted to do something special for Charlotte at her final coffee club gathering on Wednesday. Charlotte is moving from Manchester to Jacksonville, Florida to be near her daughter. So the Legion made sure to send her off with a Quilt of Valor as a thank you for her years of service.

Quilts of Valor are special handmade quilts designed to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing.

Charlotte was humbled, saying she was “just a nurse” and doesn’t deserve the recognition.

Charlotte says the Legion’s Wednesday morning gatherings are special and something she’ll miss… and they’ll miss her too.

The Manchester Legion also presented a check donation to the Quilts of Valor to help them with their mission. Around a dozen veterans were given Quilts of Valor this spring, with more expected to receive the special quilts this fall. If you or a veteran you know would like to apply to receive a Quilt of Valor, contact Warren Coates or the Manchester Legion.



photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH