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Photo by Tamie Meck Area veterans pose for a group photo Saturday morning at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall after receiving quilts made specially for them by members of the S&B Quilters' Guild. More than 70 attended the event. The guild is also delivering quilt

Veterans were honored last Saturday with quilts made by members of S&B Quilters' Guild. The event was held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

At least a dozen quilts went home with veterans. Guild member Wanda Gofforth emceed the event for her third year, passing the mic to each of the veterans so they could speak about their service.

Bill Wason recited Johnny Cash's "Ragged Old Flag" for the second year in a row, pausing to gather his thoughts. Like in Cash's poem, he and the other veterans went where they were sent by their Uncle Sam, and they're in good shape for the shape they're in.

One veteran didn't serve in the U.S. Military, but rather the British Army. "We toted a lot of U.S. engineers," Phil Hemmings told the more than 70 in attendance at Memorial Hall. He was part of British American combined services, serving the 8th Railway 9th Airborne Squadron Royal Engineers and transporting the American engineers who built and re-built the infrastructure needed to win the war on an amphibious ship.

Guild members and veterans enjoyed a potluck breakfast prior to the meeting. Guild member Connie Barry said the guild invited 38 veterans to the annual event. They are in the process of visiting all of the nursing homes in Delta to deliver the remaining quilts to veterans.

The guild also runs "Caring Quilts," another phase of the organization that provides quilts for people who have lost their homes or suffered a tragedy. They try to cover the entire county, said Barry. Guild members want them to feel like "they're wrapped in a warm hug."

The guild quilts the second Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Fork Baptist Church in Paonia. Tickets are on sale for the guild's annual quilt raffle. This year's quilt (see photo background) design is titled "Glacier Star." The drawing is Dec. 3 at Memorial Hall.

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