The special exhibit room at The National Quilt Museum was filled with hanging red, white, and blue quilts at the start of the To Honor and Comfort Quilts of Valor® closing ceremony on Veterans Day, 2015. The patriotic quilts had been hanging as the To Honor and Comfort exhibit since August 20.
In 2003, a quilter named Catherine Roberts had the idea—a dream, literally—of comforting veterans with quilts during the time her son was deployed in Iraq. Since then, nearly 130,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded in the United States, Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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By the end of the ceremony, the dozens of quilts lining the exhibit hall had been wrapped around the shoulders of soldiers spanning wartime eras from WWII to those currently serving. The bugle call Retreat was sounded to mark the end the quilt exhibit.
In Paducah, Kentucky, on a beautiful fall day in November 2015, that mission was completed with applause, hugs, smiles, a few tears, and the precious honor due these men and women who were touched by war.
The mission continues. If you are interested in donating a patriotic quilt, donating to the cause in any way, or finding out more about the many ways the Quilts of Valor Foundation assists servicepeople, please click HERE for more information.