River Heritage Guild Hosted Quilts of Valor Ceremony

Pictured from left, front row: Gary Moore, US Navy (quilt by Marla Moore), Tim Miller, US Air Force (quilt by Sherry Pressley), Michael Gentry, US Army, (quilt by Judy Douglass), Tim Singleton, US Air Force, (quilt by Carol Gallaher), Gary West, US Army, (quilt by Donna Irwin), Greg Brune, US Army, (quilt by Mary Green) Back row: Sherman Thomas, US Navy (quilt by Linda Robinson), Charles Neal, Jr., US Air Force, (quilt by Debbie Morris), Charles David Moore, US Navy, (quilt by Chris Ludwig), Don Verble, US Army, (quilt by Bonnie Harris)

The River Heritage Guild hosted it ninth Quilts of Valor Ceremony November 14 at LaCroix Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Ten veterans were honored with quilts made by 10 of the guild members. A Quilt of Valor is handmade and follows specific guidelines found at the quilt of valor foundation website, www.qovf.org. Its mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. This presentation is one way we can convey our sincere gratitude for their service, sacrifice and valor to the United States of America and to each of us. Freedom is not free. The cost of our freedom is the dedication of our service members and veterans. We honor their service.

This is a nationwide effort in which over 326,777 quilts have been presented since its beginning in 2003.

After the all the veterans’ service stories are read and the quilts are shown, our veterans are wrapped in the comfort and warmth of their quilts. They are then reminded that they are forever in our thoughts and in our hearts.