Monday, April 16, 2012

Program on Women's Purple Heart Quilt Trail to be presented at Lafayette County meeting Thursday, April 19th

Central Committee and Federated Women's Club of Lafayette County to hear program on the "Women's Purple Heart Quilt Trail" presented by Leila Cohoon

Thursday, April 19th -- Joint meeting between the Federated Republican Women's Club of Lafayette County and the Central Committee. The Federated Women's Club will meet at 7 p.m. to be followed by the Central Committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at historic Lafayette Hall, 10th and Franklin, Lexington, Mo. Both are open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Joint program: Leila Cohoon will speak about a project she is spearheading in Missouri. The project is titled "Women's Purple Heart Quilt Trail". Last year the National Federation of Republican Women made quilts honoring women Korean War veterans. This year they wish to honor those women who were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The NFRW Armed Services Committee is concerned that these Purple Heart recipients have been forgotten. They are suggesting that each state Federated Republican Women make a quilt wall hanging. Upon completion of the project, there will be a map made with the trail of quilts across the United States that will indicate where each state's quilt is located and can be visited.

Leila, after seeing these quilts displayed at the FRW National Convention in Kansas City in October, immediately began working on having Missouri's women Purple Heart recipients honored with a quilt at the next FRW convention in Louisville, KY in 2013.