Free Military Appreciation Breakfast, plus Quilts of Valor

  • This Quilt of Valor is one of the many quilts made by Paul and Patty Boynton and donated in honor of their son, Christopher. —Submitted Photo

Published: 10/8/2019 9:27:13 PM

WARE — The Brookfield Institute is hosting a free Military Appreciation Breakfast Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ware Senior Center.

Three Quilts of Valor will be presented to a service member or veteran. Nominations for people in the Ware/Palmer area are now being accepted. Go to to nominate someone who has been touched by war.

Quilts of valor are given to veterans and service members as a way of saying thank you. They reflect the nation’s patriotic colors and are often in traditional patterns. The Quilts of Valor Foundation says they “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing.” The quilts are most remembered for the combat veterans they honor.

The Ware/Palmer Quilts of Valor were made by Paul and Patty Boynton of Ware, in honor of their son, SFC Christopher Boynton. Christopher Boynton died in October 2015. He grew up in Ware and served in the U.S. Army through two deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

The breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. at the senior center, 1 Robbins Road. All veterans, active duty military, National Guard members, reservists and their families are welcome. There will be pancakes, sausage, eggs, muffins and beverages.

Special guests include Sen. Anne Gobi, Rep. Todd Smola and Rep. Donald Berthiaume.

Also, the Brookfield Institute’s Welcome Home Place, a drop-in resource center, is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. David Babine of Monson Savings Bank will talk about VA loans. There will also be reiki practitioners on hand. Welcome Home Place is open to veterans, active duty military, National Guard members, reservists, family members and anyone who cares about any of the above. It is held at Holyoke Community College’s E2E Center, 79 Main St. Ware, the fourth Saturday of each month.

For more information, go to or call 413-563-7282.

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