The Falls on the Colorado Museum (FOCM) proudly partnered with the Highland Lakes Area Quilt of Valor program for a presentation of five (5) Quilts of Valor to area veterans at a ceremony held on Saturday, May 19, at the Museum.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” What better way for two organizations to blend their efforts than to honor men and women who have so selflessly given so much for our country and our citizens. These veterans cannot, and should not, be forgotten.
QOV began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream, of founder Catherine Roberts whose son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine, “she saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over.” She felt a “permeating feeling of utter despair. She could see his war demons, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then she saw him wrapped in a quilt and his whole demeanor changed, from despair to one of hope and wellbeing.”
The first QOV was awarded in November 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. Catherine recalls: Chaplain John Kallerson opened the door for us at Walter Reed primarily because his wife Connie Kallerson happened to be a quilter. She impressed upon him how comforting quilts can be. John also saw the value of awarding quilts to his wounded because of the message they carried that someone cares.
Quilts were awarded to John Nix, Doug Briscoe, Wayne Schroeder, Son & Grandsons of Burney Schroeder, and Gary Spencer.