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The Heart of America Quilt is dedicated to unite in honor of those affected by 9/11 and to educate children and the public about current events, history and uniting for community service. The goal of the Quilt is to demonstrate the unity of this great nation in the form of a U.S. Flag whose white stripes are made up of panels from individuals, organizations and government agencies, and to serve as a reminder of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. The goal of our educational program is to create a more enlightened world by establishing and maintaining a national level education program directed at creating greater awareness and involvement among citizens, beginning with children, and in community involvement with group communications at the Federal, State and Local levels.
The Heart of America Quilt began September 13th 2001 with a panel of handprints and signatures from Mount Merici School in Waterville Maine. The Morissette family searched for a means to help those affected by the events of 9/11 and help teach their children and other children a simple manner to heal and help. They began with a simple idea, their oldest son Christopher's school and a panel of fabric with fabric Markers. The first coverage of the quilt by media was September 13th 2001. Within weeks the Heart of America Quilt grew to National level and at present includes panels from each of the United States. Other countries have added to the Quilt giving it International reach. Canada, India, Iraq, England, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, France and Switzerland have all added signatures to join in the unity. The Heart of America Quilt has been called "America's Healing Quilt" because of its unique way to bring everyone together and remember that America, while divided in many ways, stands as one people. This unity is a great gift to all who suffer the affects of 9/11 and a vehicle to catapult community involvement. Today the Heart of America Quilt works hard to create an educational program to teach children about our history, dealing with current events and how to work together to solve problems in our communities and country by providing teachers with a means to organize group workings with the quilt.
- Susan Morissette
- (207) 873-3573
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