In keeping with the yearly tradition of honoring local veterans by presenting them with their very own handmade Quilt of Valor, the American Legion Hall in Kamiah was the setting for a special reception that drew more than 80 community members.
There were eight beautiful quilts presented this year by members of the Central Idaho Quilters’ Guild, and by the time each honoree received their “warm hug” reception, there was nary a dry eye in the building.
“This is the first time in 50 years that I’ve been recognized,” said Vietnam Veteran Bill Ashworth as the quilt was placed around his shoulders.
In addition to the touching presentation to our local veterans was an incredible display of war memorabilia contributed by David Kolstad. Hundreds of antique and vintage items spanning more than 100 years lined the outside walls of the hall. Everything from weapons, uniforms, news articles, to toiletries was displayed chronologically around the room. The detailed arrangement was carefully organized by the Kolstad family and took several hours to complete. It complimented the Quilts of Valor presentation very nicely and added a dimension of history and realism for the community to ponder and enjoy.
Even if you don’t have a family member or friend that has served in the military, this presentation was an honor to be a part of and a wonderful way to give credit where credit is well deserved.