Since he was a young boy, close friends said Daniel Baker wanted to serve his country. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2016.
This past December, Baker died during an airborne collision off the coast of Japan.
On Thursday, women from Tremont and Morton got together to make a memorial quilt for the fallen Tremont Marine. They wanted to honor what he has done for the country.
Joyce Ropp, who organized the event at Tremont Community Center, has known Baker since he was a little kid. They were neighbors.
“When he was in high school he was very involved at the high school in the robotics team. He had many, many friends. They did many crazy things together. He was very active at church,” said Ropp.
Ropp said Baker’s mom helped pick out the fabric for the quilt and even sewed some of the pieces together herself.
“She was very moved already,” said Ropp.
When baker was little, he preferred patriotic themes and navy curtains with a gold star. His mom recently found them and plans to hang them back up in Baker’s room. The quilt, crafted with love, will go on his bed.
“Our stitches aren’t that perfect, but it’s a labor of love to Daniel’s family,” said Ropp.
The women said they hope to be done with the quilt by Saturday. There will be a ceremony before they present the quilt to the family. The date is yet to be determined.
This was all made possible through donations.