HAZARD — Veterans at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard received a warm greeting on Memorial Day from members of the Kentucky River Area Quilt Makers organization and troopers with Kentucky State Police.
For the past couple of months, troopers have been gathering the quilts with plans of delivering them to the veterans center as a Memorial Day gift. When the holiday finally rolled around, 117 handmade quilts were part of the collection, and as a result, each veteran at the center was able to receive one.
O.T. Watts is responsible for founding the Kentucky River Area Quilt Makers. Since it began, the organization has done wonderful work in promoting and preserving an important part of Appalachian heritage, quilting. That piece of our heritage is now enriching the lives of those, who certainly deserve it, our veterans; thanks to Kentucky State Police, the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, and the magnificent quilt makers of the Kentucky River region.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.