June 23, 2015
Today was a special day for veterans at Evergreen. Members of the Omro American Legion Auxiliary presented quilts to each of our veterans who live at Evergreen. This very moving presentation was held in the Evergreen Chapel. The personalized quilts were created through the Camo Quilt project, based in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
Fox 11 News covered the event. Here is the story from Fox 11 on-line news:
Hand-made gifts from the heart were handed out to veterans at one nursing home Tuesday, in appreciation of the residents' service and sacrifice. The Omro American Legion post worked with an area organization to get the free quilts. Its leader says they're on a mission to give out more.
One by one, their names were read, and quilts were gently placed on the laps of each veteran who lives at the Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh.
“It's such an honor. I don't know how to express it,” said Rosemarie Pitz, a veteran from the Navy.
The quilts were made in Plymouth by the Camo Quilt project. Thirty four of them in all were given out Tuesday.
"We've taken care of Bella Vista and we're working on a few more. I've ordered over 100 quilts from them. And it takes a while because there are so many,” said Pat Mason of the Omro American Legion post.
Each hand-made quilt was personalized with the veteran's name, as well as the colors of the branch in which they served.
“I was in the Navy nurse corps,” said Pitz. Pitz says she'll think of the dedicated hands that stitched her warm new blanket, each time she uses it. “All the work that went into it,” she said, smiling.
And those giving the quilts say they'll be filled with warm memories as well.
“It's so touching. My dad was a veteran. He's no longer here. My husband is a veteran, and I have a son that was in the Marines and one in the Army. So it's really important to me to see the veterans get the quilts,” said Mason.
Making a difference by spreading warmth and letting past generations of service members know they're not forgotten.