Card of Thanks – Areta Blooding-Laird

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Card of Thanks - Areta Blooding-Laird

I am so humbled to have been given a "Quilt of Valor", made by Gloria Peck, Shawn Geist & Marilyn Hagans. This is a prestigious honor and deserving for all veterans.

I feel as if my name was moved to the top of a list to have received such an honor.

The people who put in hours of labor and love to construct these master pieces should be praised. Their time & effort to cut, piece and sew take dedicated commitment. I am sure they would accept any donations as there is always material, thread, etc. needed.

Annual Tri-State 9/11 Tribute set to honor active military, first responders, and veterans

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The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute, honoring active military, first responders, and veterans, will take place September 11, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for the parade and then from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Prowers County Fairgrounds in Lamar.

The event is the brainchild of Doug Harbour, a Vietnam War veteran and longtime medical technician, who launched it in 2010 to recognize the efforts of first responders and the sacrifices of veterans.

“Those of Us Who Don’t Die Are Going to Quit”: A Crush of Patients, Dwindling Supplies and the Nurse Who Lost Hope

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Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over.

2020 Quilts of Valor - special section from the Kiowa County Press

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Attached below is the 2020 Quilts of Valor special section from the December 25, 2020, edition of the Kiowa County Press. Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free online at or similar compatible software is required to view the special section.

Quilts of Valor presented to local veterans

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Quilters from the immediate area got together in early October 2020 to make plans to see how many quilts could be made to be awarded to veterans at the November 11, 2020, American Legion Post #125 Veterans dinner. 

Individuals worked franticly to get 10 quilts done.  Sadly, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the dinner was cancelled at the last minute.