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Patriotic Pendletons: Blankets with a Message

As an American company with strong roots in the West, Pendleton Woolen Mills seeks to make blankets that are meaningful as well as beautiful. Four blankets in particular deserve recognition on this important holiday.

BRAVE STAR

The Brave Star blanket  celebrates the patriotism of Native Americans who have defended our country in battles since the 19th century. The design, based on the American flag, marries modern asymmetry and vintage Americana. The unique striations reflect a time when dyes were made from plants.

 

GRATEFUL NATION

The Grateful Nation blanket  honors the sacrifice of brave men and women who have defended freedom throughout the history of theUnited States of America. Each authentically colored stripe represents a service ribbon awarded to veterans of historical conflicts in which our country has engaged:

  • World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign
  • World War II Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
  • Korean Service
  • US Vietnam Service
  • Southwest Asia Service (Gulf War)
  • War on Terrorism

CODE TALKER

The Code Talker blanket honors the crucial role played by Native Americans in defending our country during World War II by developing a code that could not be cracked, based on the Navajo language. Many have seen the popular movie “Windtalkers“,  but the actual history of the code talkers  is more riveting than any fiction.  You can learn more at their official site.  This blanket is officially retired as of 2012.

HOME OF THE FREE

Home of the Free is an older retired blanket from the early 2000s. Roaming buffalo and the Stars and Stripes speak of the spirit of the West. If you are lucky enough to have one of these retired blankets, cherish it. This blanket is nearly impossible to acquire, as it spoke to so many Americans after the events of 9/11.

Our blankets are proudly made in the USA. Please visit one of our union mills   if you can, to see exactly how we produce our textiles and finished blankets.

And from our family to yours, have a safe and wonderful 4th of July.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mel Ford #

    How many Home of the Free blankets were made? Why was it discontinued? I have one and love it.

    July 18, 2013
    • The Home of the Free was not a limited edition, so numbers on how many were made are hard to come by. It was discontinued in the mid-2000s. Hold on to yours! it’s beautiful.

      July 23, 2013

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