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Oswego Rotary Salutes Its Veterans

OSWEGO – Oswego Rotary celebrated its veterans at a recent program.

Pictured are: club president Dr. Richard Tesoriero, MC King (Navy), Kerry Barnes, Corte Spencer (USAF), Jim Bushey (US Army) and Paul Heins (USAF).
Pictured are: club president Dr. Richard Tesoriero, MC King (Navy), Kerry Barnes, Corte Spencer (USAF), Jim Bushey (US Army) and Paul Heins (USAF).

Kerry Barnes representing Quilts of Valor presented each veteran with a handmade quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Quilts of Valor was founded in 2003 by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts.

She began the initiative in her sewing room in Delaware.

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 provided the rest.

She hit upon the idea that linking quilt top makers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of awarding healing quilts to returning service men and women touched by war.

These awarded quilts, called Quilts of Valor, serve as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude to service members.

Since then, the project has expanded to include military service members and veterans touched by war regardless of the conflict.

For more information on Quilts of Valor: www.QOVF.org