Local veterans honored with ‘porch drop’ quilts

Jerry Pryor, a U.S. Army veteran, is pictured with the “porch drop” quilt presented to him by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild. (Courtesy photo)

The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild has initiated “porch drops” in order to continue its Veterans Quilt Project during the COVID-19 restrictions. Recently, 15 local veterans received deliveries to their individual residences.

Recipients were Thomas McDowell, U.S. Navy; Michael Newhall, U.S. Air Force; Chuck Holbert, U.S. Army; Kenneth Ritchie, U.S. Army; Randy Becker, U.S. Army; James Rolfe, U.S. Marine Corps; Larry Holt, U.S. Air Force; Dr. Wallace High, U.S. Navy; Howard McIntyre, U.S. Navy; Ron Trevillian, U.S. Army; Joe Rictor, U.S. Army; Steven “Blue” Maurer, U.S. Navy; Jim Christensen, U.S. Navy; Anthony Pryor, U.S. Army; and Jerry Pryor, U.S. Army.

Rather than formal presentations, the individual deliveries began out of concern for the health of recipients, guild members and guests and in accordance with directives from the state of Oregon, Department of Human Services, and the city of Newport. Before the pandemic, veterans have been honored with presentations at “Quilts by the Sea,” the annual quilt show, as well as at Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild meetings, the American Legion Hall, the Sea Aire Assisted Living Facility in Yachats, local churches and various club meetings. Each quilt is one of a kind.

In a thank you letter, recipient Jerry Pryor wrote, “As I look at this beautiful quilt, I’m taken back in time to the many challenges I faced during my nearly two years in Korea. Like most veterans, our military experiences represent a period of time we would rather not revisit. However … your gift makes me proud to be a veteran. This quilt is much like wrapping yourself in our nation’s flag.”

Lincoln County veterans who wish to be added to the list of potential recipients may contact Rose Shaw at 541-961-2959 or [email protected], or Cheryl Kramer at 541-867-6947 or [email protected]).

The mission of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild is to promote fellowship among quilters while promoting knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilting activities. The almost 200 members of the guild live throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information is available online at www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.

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