Kevin Held was the founder of the American Quilt Memorial

September 11th, 2001, started off like any other for most Americans. But by 9am, just about everyone’s day had completed changed from its normal routine. The attack on the World Trade Centers and on the Pentagon, not to mention the additional plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, was coordinated and cold-blooded. It left thousands of innocent, civilian, Americans dead and many more injured. Hundreds of millions were affected by the attacks in the emotional sense. The toll that this event took on the American psyche was tangible to just about anyone. One of the major questions on everyone’s mind afterward was how do we respond? One of the ways that Americans responded was by showing their patriotism and kind hearts. They gave in record numbers to charities related to this event and they helped to memorialize 9/11.

Kevin Held was the founder of the American Quilt Memorial, which set out to memorialize the victims lost that day. He hoped to be able to offer a memorial that was unique and interesting. However, Kevin Held took on this challenge even though he had no previous non-profit experience. On top of having no experience, he was facing a monumental task in terms of fundraising and logistics, plus managing volunteer participants/groups. Kevin Held concluded the national tour for the American QUILT Memorial in the late summer of 2010, due to difficult economic times after eight 8 wonderful years. Kevin Held iscurrently, on his own free time, and with his own financial resources, volunteering his energy and talents to continue all efforts, in spirit, of the American QUILT Memorial to invite schools to create and design all needed remaining dedication quilt pieces for the victims who lost their life on September 11, 2001 that the American QUILT Memorial is still in need of. Once all dedication quilt pieces have been collected, it is Kevin Held’s goal and mission to present America and President Bush with “The American QUILT Memorial” via a national presentation and then conclude its efforts with each individual dedication quilt piece that was made being sent onto the victim’s family for which it was made, representing a coming together of the American people for a great cause.

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