One Niles woman is honoring 9/11 victims in a special way

This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the tragic September 11th, 2001 events. One woman in Niles is making sure that the world never forgets the victims with a special project.

Several quilts with squares dedicated to each of the victims was a project started by a woman named Amy Sue Leasure from Arizona. She set up a website immediately after September 11th and asked for donations of 12 inch red, white and blue squares in a star pattern for each victim.

In 2002, Amy lost her battle to cancer and the project was put on hold. A friend got the project finished and it only had one showing, then was packed away and lost to the public.

Now, Beverly Kuemin from Niles is the keeper of the quilts.

“Amy’s dream was to tour it around the country,” said Kuemin.

“I would like to do that if I ever get anything rolling with funding," Kuemin said. 

Beverly had the memorial shown in Berrien Springs last year. One woman who went to last year’s show was so touched by it, she stepped in to help the dream come true.

“This gave me a real sense of unity in our country,” said Linda Miller. “It brought back to my mind how when this happened, everyone flew their flags, everyone loved each other, everyone cared,” Miller said.

Beverly’s next show is this weekend on September 9th, 10th and the 11th from 9 AM-9 PM. It will take place at the IPFW WALB Student Union International Ballroom at 2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard Fort Wayne, Indiana. There is free parking in parking garage #2. 

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