Quilts of Valor presented to Korean War veterans

Lois Vanmeter (right) presents a local Korean War veteran with a handcrafted quilt at the Quilts of Valor luncheon on Monday, Nov. 9. The quilters, a group of eight women, work all year on the quilts for the one-day only event. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

In remembrance of Veterans Day, Wabash County Quilts of Valor quilters honored and recognized local veterans on Monday, Nov. 9, at the group’s luncheon at the Presbyterian Church in Wabash.

The quilters, a group of eight women dedicated to handcrafting each quilt presented, gave Korean War veterans the blankets with hugs, handshakes and many thank you’s to show their appreciation for the veterans’ services.

The group also honored veterans who served in World War II, the Vietnam War and Iraq and presented the servicemen with mugs and handcrafted coasters as tokens of the group’s appreciation.

“(The quilts) are a material way to honor them,” said Lois Vanmeter, quilter spokeswoman. “It’s something that they can take with them, keep them warm. One of the veterans (who received one in the past) had his wrapped around him when he died and then we heard that one of them had it over his casket.

“So we know that it does mean something to them and it’s just a little way that we can honor them with the talent that we have making quilts.”

Vanmeter agreed that the quilts show veterans the community thinks about them year round.

“We make quilts all year just for this activity, for this event,” she said. “So yes we are remembering them all year.”

Next year, the group plans to honor the Vietnam veterans with quilt presentations.

Posted on 2015 Nov 17