In honor of Veterans Day, the Stauth Memorial Museum’s patriotic quilts exhibit will be holding their final day of exhibition.
"All 62 quilts have a patriotic theme or are made from the patriotic colors of Red, White and Blue," Stauth Museum director Kim Legleiter said in a press release. "By entitling the exhibit, Remembering: Quilts of Patriotism and Quilts of Valor, our goal was to honor the brave men and women who have served our country by filling our gallery with amazing patriotic quilts."
The quilt exhibit is a 2-in-1 display showing the Quilts of Patriotism along with Quilts of Valor.
The Quilts of Patriotism has 29 patriotic quilts on loan.
"The Quilts of Valor section has 33 patriotic quilts that will be donated into the Quilts of Valor Foundation at the close of the exhibit," Legleiter said. "Ten of these will be presented to local veterans at the Quilts of Valor awards presentation ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
"Volunteer quilters from southwest Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas have come together to stitch quilts with love, prayers and patriotism to show appreciation to area heroes.
"The mission of the national Quilts of Valor program is to cover service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
"These quilts that are honoring our veterans are a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country.
"These exceptional quilts are meant to be lifelong heirlooms and are all created by volunteers who are to be commended for having accomplished making 33 Quilts of Valor to be donated to this worthy cause.
"We encourage everyone to come to Quilts of Valor awards presentation ceremony and reception Sunday to watch as these quilts are presented to these 10 area veterans and witness how much they appreciate and cherish them."
The veterans from southwest Kansas receiving the valor are: Bob J. Smith of Dodge City, Navy; William Raymond Hargett of Fort Dodge, Merchant Marine and Army; Robert Spencer Law of Garden City, Air Force; Gerald Dean Edwards of Garden City, Army; Terry Blair of Liberal, Navy; Kevin Frauli of Liberal, Navy; Henry M. Schlereth, Jr. of Spearville, Air Force; Lance Kevin Clay of Meade, Air Force; Malcolm Arnold Clay of Meade, Navy; and Robert E. Mabery of Meade, Navy.
"We invite you to come and share with them how much you thank them for their service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation," said Legleiter.
Call 620-846-2527 to set up a tour of the exhibit or for more information about the awards ceremony on Sunday.
RSVP is not necessary but is appreciated.
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.
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