Friday, April 17, 2015

Quilts of Valor for Port Mortuary Service Members and Veterans

A while back, our Assistant Executive Director, Sharon Ledbetter, sent out a Call to Action to each of our states, requesting we honor a plea from our Founder, Catherine Roberts, to assist with an ongoing Quilts of Valor need.

The Mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation:  "To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war, with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®".

Sharon writes:

"Some years back, Catherine Roberts charged us with honoring and covering those who receive our dead at the Port Mortuary(PM) in Delaware. Both military and civilian volunteers serve in the preparation of our hero's for their final journey.  Catherine understood these volunteers were Touched by War.

Sisters Lenny Truitt and Laurel Braunstein, Delaware's co-SC's, have collaborated on this project. Those who serve in this capacity rotate every 4 months with anywhere from 25 - 35 rotating out. Contact from Lenny recently notes they will need approx. 100 quilts to get them through 2015 and they fear they will not be able to meet their need."

"It is also worth mentioning that every QOV sew day we have (every other month) workers from the Port Mortuary (usually active military) come to sew so they can pay it forward.  We had one young woman delay her separation from the Air Force so she could attend one last sew day before moving to Boston to attend graduate school. She brought a picture of herself receiving her QOV and since the quilter was local we arranged for them to meet."

Sharon goes on to write, "These quilts must be patriotic and not branch specific."

East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor was more than honored to join other states in this effort.  If you've ever watched the movie, "Taking Chance" with actor, Kevin Bacon, then you understand what Port Mortuary embodies.  Our family is particularly familiar with this effort, since one of our own fallen warriors, Army Spc. Charles 'Chuck' R. Lamb, was escorted home to his final resting place after a mortar attack in Baghdad, IRAQ on September 5, 2004.

Port Mortuary takes care with every single detail while preparing our fallen warriors for their final journey home.  Each and every Quilt of Valor is created to honor and cover those touched by war. We hope and pray, our Quilts of Valor will do the same.

This Quilt of Valor is the second of two we have promised to deliver to Port Mortuary:

Quilt of Valor destined for a Port Mortuary Service Member or Veteran
One of our esteemed QOVF Volunteer Members, Doris, created this original Quilt of Valor.  We added a few patriotic borders, Quilt of Valor quilt labels, the QOV Presentation case, and the Quilts of Valor Award Certificate and personal letter, which tells the story of this specially made quilt and a little bit about the history of Quilts of Valor.

A few pictures depicting the creation of this very special Quilt of Valor:

Adding a binding w/patriotic top stitching

Finished quilting

Top stitching a QOV Award Presentation case

Embroidering our custom East Central IL QOV quilt label

Attaching Quilt of Valor quilt labels

Shipping info to the QOVF Volunteers who will take special care with this Quilt of Valor

This very special Quilt of Valor all ready to ship!
If you, too, would like to assist in any way by offering to help honor and cover our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor, Please don't hesitate to contact us - we'll be glad to assist you in any way we can...Thank YOU!

Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”


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