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Continued: Quilts give vets a warm welcome home at war’s end

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 24, 2014 - 11:27 AM

“You want to convey your love as a community, your concern for their well-being,” Dorelle said. “They come home from war and they have scars in their hearts from fighting and seeing the things they have seen. With the love that is sewn into the quilt, they will feel better. When they get a time of feeling bad, they can touch the quilt and say, ‘Somebody thought I was doing OK.’ ”

Each quilt will be presented in a special pillowcase and includes a label verifying it as a Quilt of Valor. One mother has done two quilts for two sons. But with a few exceptions, quilters didn’t know who they were quilting for. Only the first name of the quilter is included, to ensure the recipient doesn’t feel an obligation to contact the maker.

Although many would be expensive to purchase, the quilts are expected to be used, particularly when they might be needed the most.

“We want them to have it on the couch,” Dorelle said. “These quilts are full of love and we want them to drain the love out of them.”


Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434


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