Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Quilt Guild presents dignity quilt to Claremore Vets
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Quilt Guild members dedicated a dignity quilt Wednesday to the Claremore Veterans Center.
A small ceremony was held as guild members presented the patriotic quilt for the first time to veterans, administrators and staff in memory of Lloyd Summers, a past resident of the Claremore Veterans Center and husband to guild member Mara Summers.
“The quilt will be used to cover residents who have passed on as they are transported out of the facility,” said Carol Torline, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Quilt Guild president. “This is our way of paying respect to those who have served and it’s something we are all very proud of.”
Sections of the quilt were divided between the organization, providing an opportunity for each member to contribute.
Guild member Sandy Blakely said the quilt’s design was based on the Gold Star Mother’s Service Flag. The pattern includes a gold star with a blue edge and represents family members, who have died during service in the armed forces.
“We are honored to have been presented this beautiful quilt for our veterans, and with it we will honor them for their service and sacrifice,” said Claremore Veterans Center Administrator Tim Potteiger.
Potteiger said when the quilt is not being used, it will hang in the front lobby for visitors to see as they enter the building.
Potteiger will present the dignity quilt during an Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs meeting on Monday in an attempt to have the rest of the state veteran centers follow in the idea.
Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Quilt Guild is currently made up of 115 members from Oklahoma and surrounding states.
The purpose of the organization is to bring quilters together to share, enjoy, teach and learn the art of quilting.
For more information on the guild, visit grandlakequiltguild.org.