It was a very special day for area Veterans on Sunday, September 11th.  As the nation marked the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11. 2001, the Breezy Ridge Quilts of Valor of Dubuque hosted an event locally to honor local veterans.


Breezy Ridge Quilt of Valor Group is one of more than 600 QOVF groups and quilt stores that create quilts and award them to veterans touched by war. Since the group began in 2014, 978 Quilts of Valor have been awarded in the Dubuque area. More than 25 volunteers comprise the group to make the quilts and coordinate the ceremonies for the recipients and their families

Those honored on Sunday are pictured below.  We thank each and every one of them for their service in defense of this great nation.

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor 2022

Group leader Cyndy Billmeyer said:

“Our group decided that we wanted to award our honorary 300,000th quilt to a World War II veteran as a special thank you to the members of the Greatest Generation for the sacrifices and service they gave to our nation,”  “We were thrilled to meet Mr. Lakatosh this spring when he participated in the Dubuque Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. One of our members, whose husband was also on the flight, asked Mr. Lakatosh if he had received a Quilt of Valor. When we learned he had not, we made sure we sent a nomination form home with him and are excited to present him with his quilt.”

Billmeyer went on to say:

“Most all of us in the group have spouses or other family members who served in the military,”  “We are passionate about the work we do, and we have a lot of fun working together for this great cause. Our hope is before 2022 comes to a close, we will award our 1,000th Quilt of Valor locally.”

To all those who have served and those serving today including my son John, THANK YOU for your service.

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