Lehigh County commemorates veterans with quilt

Quilt commemorates veterans

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Veterans in Lehigh County are being commemorated-- in cloth-- at the Courthouse.

County officials unveiled the new quilt Thursday.

It memorializes the sacrifice and service of Lehigh County veterans and their families.

The red-white-and-blue quilt, which is 64 inches by 89 inches, shows the signatures of 240 local vets.

Designed and sewn by Judy Dewalt of Dayton, Ohio, it's the project of the county's Mentor Program Steering Committee, a voluntary program where veterans volunteer to help other veterans in the criminal justice system.

The idea for the quilt originated with committee member Maureen McManus, who also helped gather signatures of veterans from various U.S. wars and conflicts.

"I thought it would be nice to create a memorial quilt to highlight and honor our veterans by capturing events and accomplishments during their service or remembering a loved one who served," McManus said.

"I hope the quilt provides a visual history and a unique way to remember our veterans," she added.

Veterans who signed the quilt also could write messages on each square.

The quilt will be mounted on a wall in the courthouse in the near future.

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