Patriotism is on display at the Stauth Museum in Montezuma as the Remembering: Quilts of Patriotism and Quilts of Valor exhibit is underway.
"Our goal is to remember and honor the brave men and women who have served our country by filling our gallery with amazing patriotic quilts," museum director Kim Legleiter said in a press release. "This is two displays in one exhibit.
"The Quilts of Patriotism display has 29 personal patriotic quilts loaned for the exhibit.
"The Quilts of Valor section is displaying 33 patriotic quilts.
"All of these will be donated into the Quilts of Valor Foundation at the close of the exhibit."
Founded in 2003 by "Blue Star" mom Catherine Roberts, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization.
According to the press release, Roberts had a dream of a post-deployment warrior struggling with his war demons at two o’clock in the morning.
She saw him sitting on the side of his bed, wrapped in a quilt.
The quilt comforted him and fended off the "war demons" that troubled him. From this vision, Quilts of Valor Foundation began.
Roberts had a son deployed in Iraq who was a gunner sitting on top of a Humvee.
Roberts says she felt "10 seconds away from panic" 24-hours a day during his deployment.
Now more than 166,000 Quilt of Valor have been awarded in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor," Legleiter said. "These quilts are honoring our veterans and are a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country.
"A Quilt of Valor quilt is a lifetime award to say 'Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor' in serving our nation.
"These exceptional quilts are meant to be lifelong heirlooms and are all created by area quilt makers who have come together to stitch with love, prayers and patriotism to show our appreciation to our area heroes."
The quilt exhibit will feature 62 quilts made from 42 quilt makers.
Fourteen of the quilters are from southwest Kansas including Ruth and Rosalie Divelbiss and Vicki Peterson from Dodge City.
There will also be quilts from Evelyn Israel and Wally Naegele from Fort Dodge.
Other quilts came from Oklahoma and Texas.
"Ten of the Quilts of Valor that are on display will be presented to area military service veterans at an awards presentation ceremony and reception that will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12," Legleiter said. "We would like to encourage everyone to come to the presentation ceremony to watch these quilts be presented to 10 area veterans and witness how much they appreciate and cherish them.
"We invite everyone to come and share with them how much you thank them for their service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation."
The exhibit will also feature a nine-part documentary series, Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics, that explores the roles, influence and impact quilts have on the country.
The Stauth Museum asks to call in advance for groups of five or more with tours and groups welcome by appointment.
Contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour.
Hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street in Montezuma, are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
They are open Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
They are closed on Mondays and all major holidays.
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for the exhibit.
Visit www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org for up-to-date exhibit and museum information.
For more information about the QOVF go to www.qovf.org.
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