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    Monday, March 04, 2024

    Your Turn: StoneRidge veterans honored by neighbors

    Ellen Abell and John Allen enjoy a moment Nov. 26 during the annual Veterans Day Patriots Quilt event at StoneRidge Senior Living in Mystic. Photo submitted
    A variety of quilts grace the hallways at StoneRidge Senior Living in Mystic. The quilts were given to veterans at the residence in honor of Veterans Day. Photo submitted
    StoneRidge Quilters make presentations to fellow residents who served

    Nineteen veterans who reside at StoneRidge Senior Living were honored for their military service on Nov. 10. Each person was presented with a quilt, created and sewn by one of their neighbors within the life plan community and gifted at a luncheon observance of Veterans Day.

    The Patriots Quilt project was started by resident Rita Jolly, 89, when she moved to StoneRidge in 2018.

    “When I came here I realized that there were veterans that would benefit from having quilts made to recognize their service,” so she assembled a group of quilters she knew and then extended the invitation to others. In total, four quilters and five finishers participated this year.

    “It’s important to me to honor our veterans because of the sacrifices they made,” added Jolly. “They sacrificed time with their families and friends. They placed their lives in harm’s way to protect our country and secure our freedom. The Patriots Quilt Project offers recognition for all their sacrifices.”

    The quilters each choose a pattern they like, and the patterns are then adapted to make them red, white and blue.

    “Each quilter works on her choice of designs,” said Jolly.

    Once the 5- by 6-foot quilt has been completed, batting is added, and the piece is bound on an electric sewing machine. Each quilt is a piece of art, lovingly handmade and gratefully received.

    Nineteen veterans were honored:

    John Allen, U.S. Navy

    Joseph Benedict, U.S. Navy

    Joseph Benson, U.S. Air Force

    James Collins, U.S. Navy

    Jack Fischer, U.S. Army Special Forces

    David Goebel, U.S. Navy

    Fred Heuser, U.S. Navy

    Nelson Hulme, U.S. Navy

    Ron Hunter, U.S. Coast Guard

    Peter Littlefield, U.S. Navy

    J. Tinker Myles, U.S. Navy

    Bob Nelson, U.S. Coast Guard

    Derick Nicholas, U.S. Army

    David Parr, U.S. Coast Guard

    Michael Sadlon, U.S. Army

    Ed Sauers, Army National Guard

    Charles Schott, U.S. Navy

    John Spinner, U.S. Navy

    Donald Walsh, U.S. Air Force

    The StoneRidge Stone Quilters is one of 14 resident-founded social groups/committees at StoneRidge, a few miles from historic downtown Mystic.

    A link to a 3-minute video of the quilts can be found at https://youtu.be/mlP-Aj5NgCk?si=pNBvOANbHW5myspe.

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