Hero Day was Saturday, May 26, 2018
55 Quilts were presented to Veterans
(see some of this year’s the quilts here)
Hero Quilts Honoring Veterans
|What are Hero Quilts?||How are Veterans Chosen?|
|How is this Project Funded?||What Quilt Makers Need to Know|
What are Hero Quilts?
Burnsville honors its local heroes each year with a day of fun and celebration on the Saturday on Memorial Day weekend. The Town Square hosts exhibitors and food vendors that include large wall of heroes with the photos and stories of veterans and local heroes.
The Emergency Management Services, fire departments, teachers, police and sheriff’s departments are honored, in addition to veterans. Events include motorcycle riders who Ride for A Vet, food vendors, music throughout the day, and other entertainment.
Hero Day has taken place annually since 2007 and each year it has grown. It truly shows how the people of Burnsville appreciate what the servants in their community do for them.
In the morning the Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild presents quilts made by their members to local veterans. In 2013, they gave 37 quilts to local veterans. In 2014 they honored 29 veterans with quilts, and in 2015, there were 66 quilts given. Each of these quilts is individually made for that veteran and quilted by the local members of the guild.
Some Words of Appreciation from Recipients
|Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Please accept my appreciation for the quilt I received for my husband, Wayne, at the very touching ceremony.Saturday.Such a nice, caring tribute to all the guild for your beautiful work for our veterans.My family and I will always cherish this quilt in his honor.Respectfully,
|Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild
I was deeply honored to receive the lovely quilt made by your group on May 28, 2016. The program on the Burnsville Town Square was really impressive.It has been over 33 years since I retired from the United States Army. This was the first time that I have been recognized by anyone for service to our country.Thank you for the beautiful quilt. I will cherish it and remember always the love that went into the construction of all the quilts given that day.
Freedom is a precious gift. We must always remember
FREEDOM IS NOT FREESincerely,
|With special thanks and appreciation for being so thoughtful
Thank you so much for the quilt. You ladies are so considerate.
55 Quilts were Presented in 2017
(see some of this year’s quilts here)
How are Veterans Chosen?
Mountain Piecemakers honor veterans who reside in Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties of Western North Carolina. Priority is given to World War II and Korean veterans, then the guild awards as many quilts as possible within funding constraints.
Anyone may nominate a veteran using this Veteran Nomination Form. We need the veteran’s name, mailing address, phone number and type of service, such as Navy – Korean War. Nominees will be added to our list and will be awarded a quilt as soon as possible. The deadline to submit a nomination is December of the previous year.
If a guild member wants to honor a veteran who is not on the list of nominees, the member should make the quilt and pay for the costs of the patriotic fabric, muslin, batting and quilting. Be sure the committee has the veteran’s name, mailing address, phone number and type of service. The guild would be responsible for the cost of the label, mailing of letter, and any costs on the day of presentation.
Some words of Appreciation from Recipients
How is this Project Funded?
Any money donated to the Hero Quilt project during the year allows us to honor more veterans the following year. Mountain Piecemakers budget for this project is determined each year based on the amount earned through the raffle of our opportunity quilt and our annual quilt show.
If you would like to support this effort contact
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so donations are tax deductible
Hero Day is the Saturday prior to Memorial Day