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“Polaris” displayed

“Polaris” is a variation of the 8-point LeMoyne Star pattern, circa 1718 (pronounced Lemon by yankees), a nod to the early French Colonial interest in Arkansas .  Designed and Painted by Michelle Collins-Bula in memory of her father Ronald Collins and to honor all the veterans of Polk County.  The quilt block was dedicated on Friday, 21 May 2021, at the American Legion, Frank Fried Post #18. A brief memorial service was held, with family members and members of the Honor Guard sharing memories of Senior Chief Collins. A miniature version of the quilt block and a memorial description were presented to the post.

Senior Chief Collins was a decorated veteran serving 22 years in the United States Navy.  He was a master marksman honored with the Navy’s Distinguished Marksmen medal. AQCS Collins served as part of the American Legion Honor Guard.

Ronald Leroy Collins, left this realm, June 10, 2017. He was born in 1940 in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Ronald attended the Christ’s Episcopal Church in Mena and was a former Senior

Warden. Ronald worked for Kodak Photo for 20 years in Windsor, Colorado.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed woodworking. Ronald loved golfing, shooting, traveling all over the United States with his wife, Shelly on his Goldwing, and supporting the Acorn Archery team. He was a member of NRA, GWRRA, Founding member of Weld Co, Colorado Fish and Wildlife Association, High Power Program, the Ouachita Golf Association, and the Good Sam camping group.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shelly Collins of Acorn, Arkansas; one son and daughter in law, John and Jamie Collins of Aurora, Colorado; one daughter and son in law, Michelle and John Bula of Wetumpka, Alabama; and three grandchildren

Polaris, commonly the North Star, is the brightest star of the constellation Ursa Minor.  Navigation by the stars dates back millennia. Mariners have used stars to help guide their ships across thousands of miles of ocean. Polaris was the first star my father taught me to find.  Steadfast and constant, Polaris will guide you home. Wishing you smooth seas and clear skies.

The block consists of the colors of the US Military Services; AIR FORCE  – Sky Blue and Gold, ARMY – Black and Gold, COAST GUARD – Scarlet and Blue, MARINES – Scarlet and Gold,  NAVY – Blue and Gold.

The colors of the block have special meaning; GOLD- Honor and Wisdom, AZURE BLUE- Devotion and Loyalty, BLACK- Constancy, CRIMSON- Courage and spilled blood,  SKY BLUE- Smooth seas and clear skies

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