Cold War Patriots, (CWP), a community resource and advocacy group, helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families get the recognition, compensation and health care they have earned. They are honoring those who worked at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Allied Chemical workers with its Remembrance Quilt Experience - a traveling tribute to the men and women who worked in the nuclear weapons and uranium industries. The exhibit is being showcased at only a few select locations across the country, and will be hosting a limited engagement in Paducah from June 28 to July 11 at Lourdes Hospital.
A private reception for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Allied Chemical workers and their families will be held at the Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital in the Borders Community Room on June 28 at 10 a.m. This reception will feature a special presentation about the exhibit and provide refreshments. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Allied Chemical workers or family members can call 888.903.8989 to obtain a free ticket.
The centerpiece of the exhibit experience is a spectacular quilt fashioned in the shape of a magnificent American flag that is three times the size of a typical flag. The quilt features over 1,250 fabric squares hand-printed with the name of a former worker, their years of service and the facility where they worked.
The exhibit includes an interactive kiosk presenting a behind-the-scenes look at the atomic weapons program in the U.S. It also features profiles of the men and women who made it possible, and the massive industrial process that made up the nuclear weapons program. CWP Chairperson Tim Lerew says the Remembrance Quilt Experience offers a glimpse inside a chapter of U.S. history that is shrouded in mystery.
“The exhibit honors these brave men and women who did their part to keep America free, and it’s not available anywhere else,” says Lerew. “The quilt is a symbol that preserves the legacy of these dedicated individuals who worked in secrecy – and often in harm’s way – to ensure the safety of our nation by building our nuclear arsenal,” says Lerew. “Through this traveling exhibit, we’re able to pay tribute to these men and women who were on the front-lines of this important – yet often unrecognized – chapter in our nation’s history.”
CWP collected the quilt squares throughout 2011, and since then the quilt has been temporarily displayed at select locations across the country, including the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Labor. A CWP volunteer spent 300 hours over the course of a year to sew the squares together with 1,000 hand-tied bows
To learn more about the history and significance of the Cold War Patriots Remembrance Quilt Experience, visit: coldwarpatriots.org/quilt.
Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a community resource and advocacy group and the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice to advocate for worker benefits. CWP helps former nuclear weapons and uranium workers get the recognition, compensation and care they have earned. CWP, the first national association to connect workers with benefits, does this work for free on behalf of its more than 40,000 members. Visit coldwarpatriots.org or call 888.903.8989 for more information.