The Texas Panhandle Quilts of Honor invites the community to its next presentation honoring area veterans Saturday, 3-5 p.m., in a ceremony at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center Chapel, located at 4111 S.Georgia.
During the honor ceremony, individuals representing the quilt-making organization will present a group of 13 female veterans each with their own handmade patriotic quilt in honor of their service and sacrifice.
“This group has worked together for about five years to create these patriotic themed quilts and has honored over 500 veterans. … The quilts themselves are very beautiful, but the added message of the quilt gift that shows someone “Thinking of these veterans and remembering their service, I believe is something very special, and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Perry Gilmore, executive director of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center .
According to the quilt-making organization’s founder and coordinator, Cindy Gilbreth, this will be their first all-female presentation. Originally, the ceremony was to include 16 female veterans, but three were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts and will receive their quilts at a later date.
“This is our first female submission. We have made most of our donations to Texas VA Ussery-Roan and Amarillo VFW Post 1475 veterans, with a few spots of individuals who live with their own residents and veterans of World War II living in assisted living facilities. Over the last few months that we’ve been featuring these quilts, I’ve looked around and said, ‘Where are our female veterans?'” Gilbreth said.
After reaching out to community members looking for female veterans, Gilbreth found herself with a list full of names the organization plans to honor over a period of months.
Since the organization’s inception in 2017, the group of now 18 women have made 540 quilts which they have donated to veterans in the Texas Panhandle area. The group creates the covers using only red, white, and blue materials, and they hand-sew the veteran’s name onto each. Materials for honor quilts are either donated or purchased by band members, or Gilbreth herself through funds raised through her side business of creating custom bedding. Gilbreth said that because the group doesn’t have a permanent location, they meet on the last Friday of each month to create more than 12 quilts to thank a veteran.
“When we meet every month, I prepare everything in advance. I have the squares cut out; I have the patterns in my head of what we are going to do and I try to bring as much material as possible, the scissors , ironing boards, irons. … I bring all of that because I wanted to make it easy for someone to come and join us,” Gilbreth said.
The founder said she started the group after her veteran nephew passed away and was looking to God for an answer, which she found in quilt making. Gilbreth has said throughout her life that she was surrounded by individuals in the military, including her father, but after her nephew’s death she was looking for a way to remember and honor her nephew. in a personal way. Over 500 quilts later, Gilbreth still honors those who sacrifice their lives for our country.
“We’re just a group that comes together and we plan things to honor veterans, and it just shows through our actions,” Gilbreth said.
The presentation ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information or service questions, contact the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center at (806) 350-8387.
To donate or volunteer with Texas Panhandle Quilts of Honor, contact Cindy Gilbreth at [email protected]