Pendleton Grateful Nation Wool Blanket
The fabric of our nation is woven with the sacrifices of our veterans. In recognition of selfless sacrifice, the Grateful Nation jacquard blanket honors the brave men and women who have defended freedom throughout the US history.
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
Centered on the blanket is a representation of the stars and stripes of the American flag, interpreted as a service ribbon. A total of 56 stars represent the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories.
This unique blanket is an inspiration for the young soldier, a tribute to the veteran and a symbol of American national pride. A donation from the sale of each blanket will be made to the Fisher House™ Foundation, which provides residences near major military and VA medical centers for the families of ill or wounded service members.
- 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton.
- Dry clean.
- Made in the USA.
- Measures 64” x 80”, and is felt bound on all four sides.
- Napped for softness.
In 1909, three brothers with the last name of Bishop, sought to resurrect an idle textile mill in Pendleton, Oregon. The elements for success were there—a supportive community, a major established railhead, and the city of Pendleton was already a shipping center for woolgrowers of the Northwest.
Originally built as a wool scouring plant in 1893, the mill had failed at both scouring and blanket weaving before the Bishops took over. When it reopened in 1909, it featured a more efficient facility, funded in part by a local bond issue. In September of that year, the first products emerged from the new finishing department, and as they say, the rest is history.
Onwards from the purchase of the mill in 1909, the Pendleton brand survived the lean years of the Great Depression, produced war blankets for the military, and resurrected the historic Indian Trading Blankets, now a staple of Pendleton design. Remarkably, the company is still privately held under management of the Bishop family. Today, headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon, but the original mill in Pendleton is among the few surviving woolen mills still in operation today.