Quilts honor veterans
by The Press and Standard | November 29, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 26, 2019 at 12:16 pm
By VICKI BROWN
Two quilts — beautifully sewn in red, white, and blue — were presented by the members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation and the Col. Joseph Glover Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to two veterans on November 20 at the Grace Advent Church fellowship hall.
The veterans chosen for this honor were Nelson Howe and George Palmer Hudson.
Howe served as a marine in Korea in 1952. He was wounded in 1953. He was thrilled with his quilt. “I love it; I just love it,” he said. His quilt was handmade by his daughter-in-law Beth Howe, along with Debbie Bacon of the DAR chapter in Bluffton and Bonnie Hudson.
They also constructed George Hudson’s quilt. “I was in the United States Navy 1980-1996, and served in the first Gulf War,” said Hudson. “I am so honored to receive this quilt. It is so wonderful.”
Guest speaker Anne Mixon Broadwater, state coordinator for S.C.’s Quilts of Valor, was on hand to tell about the construction of over 3,000 quilts given to veterans, U.S. wounded warriors in military hospitals around the world, and active duty military personnel this year.
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. In the 15 years since its inception, the foundation has presented veterans with 138,000 quilts. The group works strictly on donations, with no special funding. Quilters donate their time and talents to help comfort veterans by making and then delivering the quilts.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream of founder Catherine Roberts. Her son Nat was deployed in Iraq, and she knew he was in an emotional gutter. She pictured him wrapped in a quilt and comforted. Her dream took root and spread nation-wide.
The model is simple: a volunteer team donates materials to make a quilt. Some cut out the pieces, and other members piece the top together while others quilt it.
Each quilt is quality-made, not tied, and is machine stitched. Quilts of Valor are “awarded” and not just passed out like magazines or videos. They are hand delivered.
As Anne Mixon Broadwater stated, “A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our nation in combat.’”
Those interested in participating in this project or want like more information may contact Anne Mixon at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.qovf.org.