|Quilts of Valor ~ 2013|
Yesterday it was 102° here in Riggins, Idaho. The American Legion hosted a picnic luncheon for military veterans of WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan War, and Iraqi War. The Pinehurst Quilters guild awarded 31 veterans with handmade quilts, honoring and celebrating the sacrifice each veteran made. As the Regional Coordinator, Sharon Ledbetter, talked about the inception for the program 10 years ago, all eyes were on her, and all hearts were beating together. She told of a quilter's vision of her veteran son huddled on a bed at night, tormented by his demons, unable to sleep. Then she envisioned a quilt wrapped around his shoulders, and her arms comforting him. Every veteran's eyes were cloudy as they pictured their demons, and all of us supporters cried. It was a moment to always remember. As we handed out the quilts, and hugged the vets, joy and pride were palpable. It was awesome. I am so glad I contributed my quilt.