The Quilts of Valor Flag Mountain Honor Guard awarded quilts to seven distinguished veterans, Sunday, June 30, at the Patriotic Concert in the First United Methodist Church.
The most recent round of honored veterans, nominated by the public, are Sgt. Clifford DeSautell, U.S. Marines; Sgt. Odean Solberg, U.S. Army; Master Sgt. Howard Jackson, U.S. Army; Private John Burrows, U.S. Army; Lt. Sally Cihak-Brozik, U.S. Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Jamie Hofeldt, U.S. Army; and Brigadier General Guy Homer Harding, U.S. Army.Ardys Roseland is the historian for the Quilts of Valor Flag Mountain Honor Guard in Pierre. Kay Livermont, as the South Dakota state coordinator for the National QOV Foundation, and group leader for the QOV Flag Mountain Honor Guard in Pierre, was the spokesperson at the concert event. The concert was organized by Ron Smith, who founded it last year.
Catherine Roberts, Delaware, began the foundation in 2003. Her son’s year long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning troops were welcomed home with love and gratitude. Roberts’ idea was to link quilt top makers with machine quilters in a national effort of awarding healing quilts to returning service men and women touched by war.
The mission of the QOVF is to make and award quilts to provide comfort and healing for our veterans and active service members. The quilts acknowledge wounds both seen and unseen, and say thank you for personal sacrifices they each have made in answering our country’s call, protecting our freedoms and guarding our homeland.
QOVF Mountain Honor Guard began in Pierre, January 2018. The chapter grew from nine charter members to 40 active members. Separate groups are now branching out in Mitchell and Huron. We hope this spreads throughout SD. The Flag Mountain Honor Guard presented 21 quilts in 2018, and so far with this weekend’s event have presented 24 quilts.
Quilt tops are being made by our Flag Mountain Honor Guard members with a volunteer long armer from Watertown, along with members who have their own long arm machines. Patterns are picked by each member. Quilting costs include fabric and sewing supplies. The materials average cost is approximately $250 per quilt, with volunteer labor at approximately 150 hours per quilt.