A Veterans Day tradition continued Saturday, with a breakfast hosted by S&B Quilters Guild at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Twenty-five veterans and their families attended the event, the fourth held in Hotchkiss. Previously, the guild took quilts to Wounded Warriors in Snowmass.
Special music was provided by the Storehouse Gospel Quartet, and Bill Wason -- in uniform -- read a poem.
Guild member Wanda Gofforth emceed the event for her fourth year, passing the mic to the veterans, who spoke about service in World War II, Vietnam, Korea and the Gulf War. Their brief stories were shared with both tears and laughter.
Dean Kaestner, Gofforth's son and a veteran, said, "Thank you for the service," should be the beginning of the conversation, not the end. "Let the veterans talk to you; it helps," he said.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, each veteran was invited to pick a quilt from tables lined with beautiful handiwork.
The quilts are a joint effort of guild members. Some piece the tops together, while others do the quilting. The final step is the binding. Guild members want the veterans to feel like "they're wrapped in a warm hug," said Connie Hodges. "The quilts are a gift from our entire guild."