The Material Girlz Quilt Guild will honor our service people during the second Quilts of Valor program at Honey of a Quilt Show at Honey Creek Resort on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. The quilts are a special project undertaken by the Material Girlz Quilt Guild and displayed at the show. On Sunday afternoon, the quilts will be presented to their recipients, in honor of the duty and sacrifices they have made for our country.
Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began the Quilts of Valor Foundation from her sewing room in Seaford, Del. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved, provided the rest.
These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor, would be a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude. Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our wounded combat warriors and veterans.
The historical significance of the wartime quilt can be traced to the Civil War, when the men went off to fight; they took a quilt from home that was probably made with a family member’s clothing. Following the Civil War Abraham Lincoln said, “Let us…care for him who shall have borne the battle.”
Through the Quilts of Valor program, service people are wrapped in love and care. Quilts of Valor are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Combat troops who have been wounded or touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”
During the first Quilts of Valor program in 2013, the Material Girlz Quilt Guild bestowed this token of appreciation on 15 local service people. Their service ranged from World War II to current deployments in Afghanistan and bases throughout the United States. The relationships of the quilters and the recipients varied, from wives making quilts for their husbands, to neighbors and friends who just wanted to say thank you to their service person. As each recipients service record was read, the quilt was displayed to the audience. Recipients, quilters, and audience agreed “what a beautiful and moving tribute to our service people.”
Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor program made? As of January 2014, over 95,000 quilts have been awarded to our service members/veterans.
For more information about the QOVF, visit their web site, www.QOVF.org.