Often called the “Forgotten War,” perhaps because it was never a “declared war,” maybe because it was sandwiched in-between WWII and the Vietnam war, or perhaps because it ended in a stalemate, the Korean War has often been neglected in the minds of Americans. Still, approximately 2 million Americans served in the Korean War where approximately 37,000 died in action. 

Members of the Mora American Legion Post 201 and women from the Grateful Hearts Quilters made sure local Korean War veterans knew they were not forgotten. 

Veterans and their families were invited to an appreciation dinner on Sept. 16 at Kev’s Depot. After the dinner, veterans were met with a surprise presentation in which each veteran received their own quilt of valor. 

A Quilt of Valor is a handmade quilt awarded to a service member or veteran who has been touched by war. 

Presenting the quilts were Jayne Knowles and Janet Knafla from Grateful Hearts Quilters, a member group member of Quilts of Valor, sews quilts to be awarded to service members or veterans. 

“A Quilt of Valor says thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation,” said Knafla as she addressed the veterans and their families. 

To use the term Quilt of Valor, the quilt must be a specific size, must have a label with required information, it must be awarded (it is not a gift) and it must be recorded. For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation visit www.qovf.org.

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