More than 17 veterans at Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge received quilts from the Quilts of Valor program recently.

According to Dodge City Quilts of Valor coordinator Mary Johnson, Dodge City residents and volunteers from the Dodge City Quilts of Valor honored local veterans with their own personal Quilt of Valor.

Following the presentation, a small reception was held that was hosted by the First Christian Church Women’s Council in the Eisenhower building at Fort Dodge.

"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," Johnson said.

Veterans who received quilts were: Richard Dockendorf; Russell Fischer; Donald Gilbert; Christopher Gray; Melissa Herren; Eric McKinney; Ronald Overstreet; Dennis Rice; Wayne Ryba; Mark Schartz; Mervin Sinclair; Charles West; Drennon Hawkins, Abraham Aldape; Tony Bartello; Jack Broughton; Vern Everhart; Randy Foster; Larry Interman; Donald Nau; Jesse Ramos; Jace Rowe; Michael Ryba; Rawlin Smith; Larry Sommer; Shane Trent; John Trombley; Jerry Ward; Larry Williams and Vern Woods.

"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," Johnson said. "The quilts that are honoring our veterans are a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude for the service to our country."

The group has awarded over 200,000 Quilts of Valor since its inception in 2003.

"Area quilters have come together to stitch with love, prayers and patriotism and to show our appreciation to our area heroes," said Johnson. "Our area volunteer quilters are to be commended for having accomplished these quilts of thanks."

Quilts were also made through donations of red, white, blue, gold and cream fabric and monetary donations.

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

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