Two U.S. Air Force veterans who served a decade apart were awarded Quilts of Valor last Wednesday at a ceremony in Paonia. Joseph Keglovits served from 1954-1957 and Gil Credeur served from 1963-1966.
"This quilt is awarded to say, thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor for serving our nation," said Betsy Krager in presenting the quilts to Keglovits and Credeur.
Quilters Katie Jo Schwinn made the quilt presented to Keglovits and Patsy Bruton made Credeur's quilt. Each of the quilts' three layers has a special meaning, explained Krager. The top, with its many colors, shapes and fabrics, represents the communities and the many individuals that make them; the batting (filler) is the center of the quilt that represent the warmth, comfort, peace and healing it will bring its recipient; and the backing represents the strength that supports the other layers, the strength of the recipient, and the support the veteran receives from family, community and nation.
Each quilt comes with a three-part message from the giver: 1. honor for service; 2. knowing that freedom is not free; and 3. that the quilt is meant to offer comfort to its recipient and to remind him that although his family and friends can't be with him at all times.
"You are forever in our thoughts and our hearts," said Krager following the presentation.
The Delta County Quilts of Valor chapter meets twice monthly in Cedaredge. Since it was established in 2015, members have made more than 7,500 quilts. Founded in 2003 by quilter Catherine Roberts, the national Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded more than 217,000 quilts to veterans.