Our guest blogger today is Kate Dorsey of Quilts of Honor, an organization that supports veterans and active duty members of the military by making and distributing quilts for the wounded and those who have served multiple tours of duty. Kate tells their story best, so please read on!
After last year’s successful Patriotic Quilt Show, Quilts of Honor will return to Mt. Vernon for a special Veterans Day ceremony. From November 8-11, 2014, a small selection of quilts will be on display near Mt. Vernon’s gift area. This exhibit will lead up to the Veterans Day ceremony where quilts will be presented to veterans past and present.
Led by Executive Director, Founder, and Army Veteran Gail Belmont, Quilts of Honor works to honor those who have served our country with “Quilted Hugs of Gratitude”. Throughout the year and the United States, quilts made by the hands of volunteers are presented to injured veterans and those who performed multiple tours of duty. These quilts are a symbol of appreciation and love in recognition of the sacrifice of veterans past and present.
Quilts are needed for the display and Veterans Day ceremony at Mt. Vernon as well as presentations throughout the year. For quilt guidelines, how to donate, and information about nominating a recipient, visit www.quiltsofhonor.org. If you would like to give a quilt specifically for the Mt. Vernon event, send it to Quilts of Honor, 8604 Gateshead Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309 by October 30, 2014.
If you’re looking for patriotic quilt patterns you can use to make a quilt to honor a veteran, check these out: