Marshalltown Lioness host KidSight quilt show

The Marshalltown Lioness hosted a KidSight quilt show last weekend at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. Winners of the Best of Show award were Marilyn Kidd, of Marshalltown, and Kitty Nilles, of Fort Dodge.

Over 100 quilts were on display, with a high point of the show being the Saturday awarding of Quilts of Valor to seven local veterans who served our country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. This special awards program was the first for this area and was very well received with a full house of family and friends present to watch the seven Quilts of Valor being awarded.

A special part of the award ceremony was when US Navy Signalman Elmer G. Clayton, of Ames, presented a Quilt of Valor made by his daughter, Melody Bro, for him to present to a fellow US Navy veteran Petty Officer Dennis Meyer, of Marshalltown, who served as a Navy Cryptographer on 15 ships in Southeast Asia.

Other honored veterans awarded Quilts of Valor were: Arnold “Pete” Menzel, LeRoy DeBower, Cecil Buschbom, John McGehee, Al Storjohann and Leslie Graham. All veterans were thanked for the sacrifices they made in the defense of freedom.

As of June 10, the Quilts of Valor Foundation had awarded 101,034 quilts, and the quilts awarded at the Marshalltown show will be added to that number.