Dodge City residents and volunteers from the Dodge City Quilts of Valor had the privilege of seeing their hard work pay off when they honored 17 local veterans with their own personal Quilt of Valor. These men and women signed a contract with the United States to go where they were needed, to go and do what was needed and to go and protect the freedom of our country which American citizens appreciate today.

The red, white and blue decorations at the Eisenhower Building at Fort Dodge set a patriotic mood. The VFW Riders from Norton served as the honor guard, presenting our Nation’s colors.

The veterans being honored on April 28 were: Robert Bates, Army; Jack Blanchett, Army; Manuel Blea, Army; Larry Brown, Army; Manford Koehn, Army; Kevin Krisle, Navy; Daryl Marshall, Army; Bruce Mock, Army Air Corp; Theodore Morgan, Navy; Dale Mott, Navy; John Powell, Navy; Kent Ross, Army; Keith Shean, Navy; Dale Stephenson, Navy; Buel Taylor, Army; Don Wiles, Navy; and Harold Wright, Navy Seabee.

A small reception, hosted by the First Christian Church Women’s Council followed the presentation.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor program is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

The quilts that are honoring our veterans are a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude for the service to our country. Since its inception in 2003, the group has awarded over 185,000 Quilts of Valor.

Area quilters have come together to stitch with love, prayers and patriotism and to show our appreciation to our area heroes.

The area volunteer quilters are to be commended for having accomplished these quilts of thanks. The community is also to be thanked for their support with donations of red, white, blue, gold and cream fabric and their monetary donations.

For more information about Quilts of Valor go to www.qovf.org or call Quilt of Valor, 316-308-2230.