Honor Quilts Preserve History for Veterans

TR Staff
Staff Writer

By Chelsey Olauson
Preserving history as an art form through the ancient practice of seamstressing is one of many actions that is tied indelibly to the prairie and the movement of peoples, both to and across it. Additionally, quilts are tied to history in the United States in various forms: The Underground Railroad is a fantastic example of how sewing as an art form and history interact, although some historians disagree.
Large, important movements or changes in life are marked by quilts: Weddings are commemorated through quilts, as are births. Material for baby quilts are a huge industry in the giant of fabric sales.
Quilts are more than just handmade blankets, which by themselves are a wonderful thing, often as a labor of love. Quilts are expressions of the quilter’s feelings and creativity, as well as a way to connect to the quilter’s past.
Honor quilts were created by the Valley Quilters, and they held a ceremony to present them to our local veterans in recognition of their service. These pieced expressions of gratitude and appreciation contain largely donated goods from Quilted Ceiling and the Valley Quilters Club.
Recipients were evaluated by a committee of the Valley Quilters Club based on honorable discharge achieved status, age of veterans, those who served in a conflict, and those who live in Barnes County.

Photo credit Maggie Heinle
Al Schuldt, master of ceremony, stands with recipients: Douglas Altringer of Spiritwood, in the US Marines, Paul Henke, Dave Vareberg, and Dale Neuberger of Valley City, all in the US Army, Tom Vagle, also of Valley City, in both the US Navy and the National Guard, Stanton Rambough of Hazen, in both the US Navy and the National Guard, and Larry Salberg of Hastings, in the US Air Force.