Quilts of Valor ceremony scheduled for Saturday

Will honor 16 WWII vets at IVH

T-R FILE PHOTO Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety will holds its second annual Quilts of Valor ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Home in the Mallory LRC, presenting quilts to 16 World War II veterans. The public is welcome to attend.

“Giving a veteran a quilt is like giving them a hug.”

Those are the words of Quilts of Valor co-chair Leslie Renaud, who along with fellow members of the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety (CIQS), will host its second annual springtime Quilts of Valor presentation for residents of the Iowa Veterans Home, on Saturday at 2 p.m., held inside the Malloy Leisure Resource Center at IVH. The program is free and open to the public.

A total of 16 World War II veterans — 13 men and three women — will each receive a unique, homemade quilt for their personal use.

The quilts were displayed last month in the storefront windows of several downtown Marshalltown businesses, before being taken down and assigned to each veteran.

IVH Commandant Jodi Tymeson will speak, followed by an invocation by Deacon John, with the Presentation of Flags by the Marshalltown American Legion and Post 839 VFW. IVH Music Therapist Nicki Stevenson will provide the music. Quilts will be presented to the recipients by Elayne Gassett, the Quilts of Valor longarm coordinator, along with CIQS members. Roseanne Anderson, who serves as president of CIQS, will give the closing remarks.

The Sew-ciety’s goal is to someday award every World War II veteran at IVH with his/her own Quilt of Valor. In addition, it will be honoring more IVH veterans throughout the year at private ceremonies. It will again hold its annual autumn Quilts of Valor ceremony, with those recipients being from the community in general, and not strictly from IVH.

“We have great respect for the vets in our community, and this is a way to tell them thanks,” Renaud said. “It will be a very nice afternoon, and people will be very touched by it.”

The group estimates the cost of completing a Quilt of Valor to be around $200 each. Contributions may be sent to the CIQS at: P.O. Box 1755, Marshalltown. To learn more about Quilts of Valor visit: www.qovf.org.