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Quilt honors heroes wounded in wars

By Haneen Khatib/nw news editor

One NW instructor is honoring a wounded military member by giving a quilt she created.

Roxann Lindsay sent the quilt to an organization called Quilts of Valor to be presented in a ceremony to honor injured veterans and current members of the armed forces.

Quilting is nothing out of the ordinary for Lindsay.

“I have been sewing since I was in fourth grade, so a long time. I used to always sew my daughter’s clothes when she was younger,” she said.

Quilts of Valor has awarded about 50,000 quilts to service men and women around the country.

NW instructor Roxann Lindsay has sewn quilts since elementary school. She sewed a quilt and sent it to Quilts of Valor, an organization which pays tribute to men and women who’ve been injured in the military. Photo by Martina M. Treviño/The Collegian
NW instructor Roxann Lindsay has sewn quilts since elementary school. She sewed a quilt and sent it to Quilts of Valor, an organization which pays tribute to men and women who’ve been injured in the military. Photo by Martina M. Treviño/The Collegian

“What we do is make quilts to honor and comfort combat war soldiers that have been touched by war,” said June Moore, director of Quilts of Valor. “Some have physical wounds, and some have invisible wounds.”

Lindsay was happy to do something that she loves while also helping out with a good cause.

“I have been quilting for a long time. When I heard about this, I thought it would be for a worthy cause,” Lindsay said.

There are many ways the quilts are presented to the wounded military members.

“Ceremonies vary. Some get sent to chaplains or nurses to present to soldiers, and some are presented by individuals in a community,” Moore said.

In 2009, Quilts of Valor started recognizing Vietnam veterans and a few surviving World War II veterans as well.

“Often when they get them [quilts], they are so overwhelmed that a stranger would think of them,” Moore said.

Lindsay incorporated a mix of green and purple diamonds throughout the middle of the quilt, finishing it off with a purple and lilac border.

“Often quilters just find what they have. Putting it together, I was like, ‘I think I can do something with this,’” said Lindsay on the pattern she chose.

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