Quilts of Valor honors 18 veterans

Eighteen local veterans were honored for their service during Saturday’s annual autumn Quilts of Valor ceremony, held at the Marshalltown Mall and presented by the Marshalltown-based Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety (CIQS). Pictured is veteran Ken Hoff being presented with his Quilt of Valor, entitled “American Dream

Eighteen local veterans were honored for their service during Saturday’s annual autumn Quilts of Valor ceremony, held at the Marshalltown Mall and presented by the Marshalltown-based Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety (CIQS). Pictured is veteran Ken Hoff being presented with his Quilt of Valor, entitled “American Dream

Eighteen veterans — from all branches of the military and who served in a variety of different eras — were honored for their service during Saturday’s annual autumn Quilts of Valor ceremony, held at the Marshalltown Mall and presented by the Marshalltown-based Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety (CIQS).

Former CIQS President Roseanne Anderson explained to the attendees the merits of a Quilt of Valor.

“There are three layers of the quilt, each with its own meaning,” she said. “The top layer represents the community, the second layer, the batting/filler, gives comfort and peace and healing, and the third layer, the backing, represents the strength of the recipient, the community and the nation.”

The CIQS presented its 100th quilt during the ceremony, with a total of over 160,000 quilts awarded internationally in the program.

The ceremony began with a Presentation of Flags by the Marshalltown Combined Honor Guard, followed by songs performed by the Sweet Adelines, and remarks by Anderson, CIQS President Gloria DeBower, and Pastor Bob Kosbau of the Evangelical Free Church.

The recipients were: Jerry Hamilton, Dale Baker, Dave Samuels, Donald Downs, Ken Hoff, Don Lane, Jimmie Simmons, Curtis Summers, Orlyn Langenbau, Bill Curler, Clay Jensen, Jean Hilsabeck, Lavern Jackson, Laura Canaday, Robert Springer, Larry Warnell and Tim and Maddie Welton, who are husband and wife.

These programs are free and open to the public.

The CIQS does two public quilt presentations every year: a springtime program at the Iowa Veterans Home, and one held each September at the Marshalltown Mall during Oktemberfest.

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.