Quilters and American Legion join forces

Rose Hawkins, Correspondent

Independent News

Sewing for Veterans, a group of ladies dedicated to making quilts for every Veteran living in the VA Illiana Health Care System facility at Danville, IL were invited to participate in the Illinois State American Legion Golf Outing on August 5th and 6th. 

The Golf Outing was held at Harrison Park and Turtle Run golf courses. A spectacular day, weather wise, was enhanced by over 140 golfers; American Legion Posts, AmBucs, the American Legion Honor Guards, and American Legion Riders, all from many different locations in Illinois and Indiana. 

Danville Mayor, Scott Eisenhauer, welcomed the group to Danville and served as Master of Ceremony. Representative Chad Hays and Senator Scott Bennett attended the festivities for day and each spoke a few words to kick off the event. 

Lynn Palmer, dressed in a kilt and carrying her bag pipe, entertained the crowd with an medley of Irish songs.

Tournament chairman, Greg Alpers, said, “It was an honor to bring this annual tournament to Danville. With American Legion Posts from all over Illinois and Indiana, and 140 golfers this year, it has grown amazingly since it began only three years ago. We hope to host it here for many years to come. We're proud to welcome the Sewing for Veterans group, and feel it is a natural fit with the American Legion. Thank you, to everyone who helped make this a success.”

The Sewing for Veterans group had several members present, and several of the quilts they had made were on display. They sold raffle tickets to raise money to purchase supplies they need in making their quilts. The raffle was for a quilt which was won by Steve Catlett from Danville, a member of the Sons of American Legion. 

One of their hand-made quilts was presented to Jack Carey. Jack is the last remaining WWII Veteran from Catlin. All of their quilts are of various patterns of materials and various designs, but they are always in Red - White - and - Blue, in honor of our country and the men who have served in the armed forces.

Sewing for Veterans, which started only a couple of years ago, has produced many, many one of a kind quilts for the Veterans, and at this event donated 15 quilts to the VA for the new apartment complex for homeless Veterans and their families, Mercy Housing. 

This program started at the VA the spring of 2017 and will have 65 apartment units. Each Veteran in each unit will receive a quilt from the group. Donations are accepted for fabric (cottons, in red white or blue, work best) and, of course, money is always accepted, too. You can contact the group through the Westville Library.

“We are so excited that the American Legion, the community, the spectators and the golfers backed our fundraising project,” Debbie Guidry announced on behalf of the Sewing for Veterans group. 

“And we did surpass our goal at the American Legion Golf Tournament. It was an honor to see so many of our nation's heroes in one place and to know in a small way, through the gift of quilts, we are able to thank them for their service to our country,” concluded Guidry.


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