FONDA, Iowa (KCAU) – Five departed military veterans and their families were honored Saturday at this year’s Freedom Quilt Ceremony.
Families are coming from as far as Florida and Illinois to take part.
Freedom Quilts were founded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with volunteers sewing memorial quilts for families who had lost a loved one.
Later, the project expanded to reach out to families of fallen soldiers with the handmade quilts, often with Freedom Quilters traveling personally to make presentations around the country.
An average of 80 to 100 volunteer hours go into making each quilt, often utilizing photos or images suggested by the families.
Volunteers say their mission is to help honor fallen heroes and to comfort their mourning families.