In honor of Veterans Day, the Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild presented 33 patriotic quilts made by guild members to local veterans in conjunction with the Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation.
The ceremony took place Nov. 9 at the VFW Post 6049 in Morris, with almost 150 family and friends in attendance.
Ken Buck, superintendent for the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission, began the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lana Stafford and Shari Rittenhouse then led the crowd in singing “America the Beautiful.”
Kathy Hoge, president of Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild, presented Rita Pennington, state coordinator for QOV, and the QOV Foundation with a donation check from the guild.
Rita explained the Quilt of Valor Foundation mission statement, which is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” She also gave some history of the organization.
Clara Bal introduced each quilter, their quilt was displayed and then each veteran was introduced and asked to come forward to be wrapped in their own Quilt of Valor.
Quilt recipients included two WWII veterans and an active service member and veterans were represented from nearly every conflict in between.
To learn more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and how to request a quilt for a veteran, visit www.qovf.org.