In between February’s snow storms, the Quilts of Valor Foundations and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) launched an exhibit, “Wartime Quilting: From Past to Present,” and honored service members and veterans during the opening ceremony held at DHA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.
The story begins with quilting during the Civil War and continues through World War II to today tracing the impact of wartime quilts on both quilters and those receiving them. The first quilt in the exhibit features STQOV’s own signature quilt, “Eagle Flight.”
A loving daughter made “For My Dad” to honor her dad, a veteran of World War II. “Three Tours” was designed by Tony Jacobson and made by a local Maryland quilter. Two of the quilts were made by other QOV groups. “Golden Star” was made by quilters from Mother Seton Parish Quilting Angels in Maryland and “An American Spirit” was made by the Virginia Tidewater Quilting group.
The last quilt is on loan from Capt. (ret.) Mark Little, a Wounded Warrior, who was awarded his Quilt of Valor “In Honor Of…” last May at the Scottish Athletic games during the Frederick Celtic Festival.
The exhibit will be open for three months.
Five Quilts of Valor were awarded as part of the opening ceremony to honoree from each of the military services. QOVF, Executive Director, Susan Gordon, explained the meaning of Quilts of Valor and our mission. She wrapped the honorees in their quilts and hugged them. Sharon Ledbetter, QOVF Director, awarded a quilt to the Air Force recipient. Other QOVF staff and quilters from Virginia and Maryland participated in the ceremony conducted with military traditions.
After the ceremony the QOVF contingent provided information, sought nominations and helped attendees sign quilt blocks for the next quilt.
The event was a great success thanks to everyone from the quilters who crafted the QOVs to the QOVF staff, some traveled many miles to participate, to the DHA personnel who set-up the exhibit and orchestrated the ceremony.
THANK YOU ALL!