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PENTAGON QUILTS:COMFORTERS
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by CLEO LAMPOS

 

PENTAGON QUILTS; COMFORTERS

BY CLEO LAMPOS

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“September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.”   -Geraldine Brooks

 

The idea of viewing quilts created for 9-11, one of the most life-changing events in American history, filled my heart with curiosity and apprehension. Curious about how sew-ers would treat the harsh subject matter with the softness of the fabric. Apprehensive about my own frayed emotions being exposed. Yet, I traipsed to the Smith Village in Chicago with other women to hear June Forte speak.

June Mulcrone Forte [June Mulcrone Forte]

Photo The Beverly Review, June 12, 2018

 

Full of passion for the fallen, June Forte presented a powerpoint of the Pentagon attack of September 11, 2001. As a professional working in the building, Forte fought the dust, debris, and confusion that all employees encountered as they stumbled out of the crumbling structures. Having served as an enlisted photojournalist with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in other military positions, Forte was no stranger to thinking clearly in emergency situations. Her descriptions of the events of that fateful day, when 184 persons lost their lives, left the audience misty-eyed and sober. She brought the weight of the losses to rest in the room.

Stanley Praimnath is a 9/11 survivor who speaks for many. “I still have the shoes I wore to work that day. The soles are melted and they’re caked in ash. I keep them in a shoebox with the word ‘deliverance’ written all around it. They’re kind of like my ark, a reminder of God’s presence and the life I owe to Him.”

Then, Forte spoke of a nation trying to grapple with grief. Her voice filled with amazement as she disclosed how one-by-one, quilts spontaneously arrived at the Pentagon. Unbidden. From the hearts of freedom-loving people. Expressions of soul-wrenching anguish, compassion and hope.

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Needing healing from frayed emotions as the scraps of the Pentagon filled news reports, quilters across America gathered patriotic hued fabric and put the needle to work. Seasoned sew-ers and first-time stitchers pieced together comforters to honor the people who died or were injured in the attack. The sewing machines whirred as seams pulled together red, white and blue tributes to the rescuers and first responders. The 150 quilts in the Pentagon Collection bind this nation into a unified pattern again. They represent a warm hug as people recover from the trauma of 9-11.

Freedom Quilts.com

 

 June Forte presented a powerpoint of the quilts. As each masterpiece of fabrics filled the screen, Forte told the story behind the stitching. The rationale for the design. The unity of a community project. The tear stains from a lonesome sew-er. After nearly two hours, the impact of visually seeing the quilts finally mended the wounds in my own heart that had been repressed for over a decade. For me, the Pentagon quilts will represent the binding up of a nation.

American Textile History Museum

 

The Pentagon Memorial

For most of the audience, Forte’s photos of the Pentagon Memorial brought additional comfort. The grounds near the Pentagon hold 184 “Memorial Unit” benches. Each bench has a victim’s age and the location at the time of the attack inscribed on it. A pool of water at each Memorial Unit reflects light in the evenings. The effect is soothing and haunting.

Photo from YouTube

 

One black granite stone is inscribed with the time and date of the tragic plane crash: September 11, 2001, at 9:47 a.m. Words describe the purpose of the memorial: “We claim this ground in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, to honor the 184 people whose lives were lost, their families, and all who sacrifice that we may live in freedom. We will never forget.”

June Forte is the former curator of the Pentagon Quilts. Now she is the voice for our nation to remember and honor the victims of the tragedy.

A voice for a message that I was privileged to hear.

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos,

is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.

 -David Levithan

 

ABOUT CLEO LAMPOS

 

Cleo Lampos was born in Greeley, Colorado, but lives on the south side of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and from St. Xavier University-Chicago. After 26 years of teaching behavior disorder/emotionally disturbed students, she is retired with her husband, Vernon. Together they volunteer at the community pantry garden and are urban farmers on their own city plot. Church and 11 grandchildren fill their lives with activities. Lampos has written numerous magazine articles, and seven books.

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Website: www.cleolampos.com

E-mail: cleolampos@gmail.com

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When Valleys Bloom Again
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You Asked for It
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PLAYING THROUGH THE FOG
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One Door Between Us
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Counterfeit Detectors
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SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TURN OFF THE GPS
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LANDING HARD
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DON’T CALL HER MA’AM
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CAPTURE ME
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LOVING ONE ANOTHER
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When Your Past Looms Longer than Your Future
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UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
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A Tender Hope
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DON'T HIT THE FAN
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PARHELION
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NOT OF THIS WORLD
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PERSPECTIVE
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CAROLINA GRACE
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THE POWER OF "WITH"/OVERCOMING ANXIETY
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IS IT THE BEGINNING OR THE END
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A LOVE MOST WORTHY
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HITTING YOUR SPIRITUAL GROOVE
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MY TO-DO LIST
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YOU'RE AMAZING
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STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN
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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
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LOVE'S RESCUE
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COURTING DANGER
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A BEFORE I
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AM I STRESSED?
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NO TURNING BACK
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ALLEY'S PERFECT ANGEL
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YOU ARE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
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I'LL BE ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS ... YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
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A SILVER MEDALLION
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WHY WE SING JOY TO THE WORLD!
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THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
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THE AMISH MIDWIFE'S SECRET
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LIVING WITHOUT REGRET
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY
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WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN
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RETURN TO WALHALLA
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SAVED BY THE LAMB
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SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS
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HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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HAIR CALAMITIES AND HOT CASH
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NEVER TOO LATE
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MEET ME IN GALVESTON
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The Not So Good Good Old Days
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HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
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MEET JENNIFER SLATTERY
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HONESTLY SPEAKING
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THE PUTTING GREEN WHISPERER
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The God of the Mundane
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WHEN I WAS THREE
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He Passes By
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Bryan's Homecoming
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EMERGENCE
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THE PURSUIT OF PEACE
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Live Long and Prosper
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THE REAL DEAL
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SOMETHING NEW
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IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED TAKE A BUBBLE BATH THEN TRY AGAIN
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REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS
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FOOTPRINTS
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FUNNY WITH A POIGNANT MESSAGE
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HEADLINE HYSTERIA
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COUNTRY ROADS
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STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE
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AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH/WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CHAPTER 2A
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WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CREATED TO BE SALT PART B
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WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/ CREATED TO BE SALT/PART A
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CELEBRATE YOUR FEMINITY
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THE FIFTY-FIFTY CONUNDRUM
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THE ROCK OF OUR FUTURE
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FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
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PASS THE LOVE, PLEASE
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STRANDED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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BATTLE WITH A BUMBLEBEE
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BATTLE FATIGUES
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ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
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LOVE IN A SUITCASE
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FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
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ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
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KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH
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Raising a Child With Autism
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SHOULD OR WANT
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CONFESSIONS OF A GARDENS SLUGGARD
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GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
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FOLLOW WHICH LEADER?
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ROYAL LEGACY
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MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
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THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
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THE POWER OF ONE
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A LIFELONG PURSUIT
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A TEENAGED ROBIN HOOD
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NUGGETS OF GRACE
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THE CHOICE TO FAIL
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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TROUBLE
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JUST LIKE MY DADDY
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PATIENT PRAYING
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MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
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PATIENT WISDOM
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OF PETS AND PERSISTENCE
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God's Server Never Shuts Down
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Blessed to be a Blessing
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Mama, I Can't take a Bath 'Cause There's a Fish in the Tub
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SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT
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IT'S WHAT THEY DO
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MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
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FROM LIGHT TO BRIGHT
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SURRENDERING TO THE CALL
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MY QUEST
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MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
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ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
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When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
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Settled By Faith
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JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING
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THE EDUCABLE MOMENT
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Searching for God With All My Heart
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I RUN TO YOU
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Sweetening Our Sour Grapes
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THE FALL THAT LIFTS
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A Walk With God
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Disappointment and Discouragement
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STIRRING TRUTH
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PENNED BY GOD'S OWN HAND
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RESTORED HEARTS and a Writer's Journey
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THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Meditations on the Road
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DIALOGUING OUR FEARS
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WHY A BOOK OF PRAYERS?
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From Lettuce to Pages
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AND NOT TO YIELD
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BONNIE LEON WRITES TO ENCOURAGE THE DISABLED
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FAITH WORTH THE FIGHT
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CANT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
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THE WINDING TRAIL
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The Flavorful Church
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Commitment Phobia
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God knows our hearts
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God Had Other Plans
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BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT
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God's Writer: Jan Elder
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OF THEE I SING
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A HUNGER FOR GOD
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COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR
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